Verma - Salted Earth (2010)


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    Imagine, if you will, that something has gone terribly wrong.
    Beneath the incessant, howling wind from the barren terrain beyond, the only discernible sound, the rhythmic gasp for breath from your own parched throat.
    Scanning the distance, mirages dance like radiation on the horizon.
    Can you believe everything you see?
    Though prophets had long foretold, you cannot help but mourn the mark of time, the metronome of human history that shadowed your former existence.
    Now, with stumbling step you must unclench white-knuckled fists and begin to travel, never forgetting the shadowy night of the past but willing to risk this primal step into the light of day.

    Bent equally on bristling psychedelic squall and driving motorik, Verma emerged in the wake of an experimental improvisational collective. Blending a wide range of influences from proto-metal, minimalism, electronic, space rock and drone, the group constructs and explores cinematic sonic landscapes. Verma is amoebic in nature, coexisting with the mechanical. The driving rhythm section creates a solid architecture for swirling guitars and haunting vocal melodies, all beneath a haze of sweeping synthesizers. This repetitive dervish of sound rises from dark roots to a meditative plane, at once the atmosphere of metamorphosis and cerebral introspection.

    The group, based in Chicago, released two cassette tapes in 2010. The first self-titled release (Plus Tapes, 2010) offers a mix of improvised first takes recorded to cassette in their practice space. The second, Salted Earth (Priority Male, 2010), features tracks from their live set recorded at Pieholden Suite Sound.
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"Salted Earth" - Verma in the practice space on



tj - guitar, keys, vox efx
rob - bass
zach - drums
johnny - guitar, vox, keys
whitney - vox, keys, viola

"Their influences are all over the place, and they make for one fucking solid product: Try slowing down the bass grooves of Suicide, add two parts Wooden Shjips’ repetitiveness, three parts Black Sabbath darkness, one part horror soundtrack a la Goblin, three parts stoner metal-era Boris, four parts Neu krautscapes, and you’re getting warmer to Verma."
-Karin , CHIRP Radio .org

"some fine heavy ass psych, and that’s all there is to it."
-Ross Meyerson, Loud Loop Press



released November 5, 2010

All songs written and performed by Verma. Recorded, mixes and mastered by Matt DeWine at Pieholden Studios, 2010.



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