Saturna & Electric Monolith – Turned to Stone, Chapter IV: Higher Selves (Ripple Music 2022)

Ripple Music hit the bull’s eye with the 4th instalment of its “Turned to Stone” series, bringing together two bands in one EP that sound as if they naturally belong together! Released on the 15th of April 2022, I have returned to this release multiple times since then, and not once have I been able to skip a song. Below are a few words that will hopefully get you to lend your ears to an album that is bound to make you love it!

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Taraban – How the East Was Lost (Reissue, Interstellar Smoke Records, 2022)

You will have noticed that January 2022 has already started with some incredible albums, many of which are finding their way on this month’s Doom Charts. Among these, Interstellar Smoke Records started the year with a blast! The vinyl reissue of Taraban’s 2019 masterpiece “How the East Was Lost” was released on the 16th of January 2022. Those who know what this means have already secured a copy of the limited edition wax. The rest of us will have only recently discovered the band and we have some serious catching up to do!

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Plastic Woods – Dragonfruit (Multiple Labels 2021)*

Named after the fruit Pitaya with it’s scale-like skin, “Dragonfruit” is the new album by Plastic Woods from Andalucia, Spain. Following their debut “Icarus” album of 2019, “Dragonfruit” is a rich palette of progressive stoner rock sounds that hops across decades and genres with remarkable dexterity, demonstrating the band’s musicianship and crafting a unique sound.

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