Nuns Of The Tundra – Dead In The Desert – Single Review

The English stoner quartet Nuns Of The Tundra released the single Dead In The Desert on the 7th.

Nuns Of The Tundra - Dead In The Desert - artwork

Nuns Of The Tundra – Dead In The Desert – artwork

There has been just one change in the line-up – Jim Smith joining on bass and replacing Callum Croft since Nuns Of The Tundra last appeared, in 2014.

Dead In The Desert (available on bandcamp) has a darker and more psilocybin mushroom feel than last featured with pace having considerably slowed, allowing for a more spacious soundscape.

A prominent bass gives the track a dark presence through which the two guitars intertwine like coloured candles dripping wax in to a melting pool resulting in a kaleidoscopic array of sound, while the percussion affords Dead In The Dark a continual flowing presence as the vocal drifts, unhurriedly, in out and of focus.

I merely hope it is prior to 2020 that I get back to the Nuns Of The Tundra.

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Nuns Of The Tundra

Nuns Of The Tundra from Malvern in England is the stoner rock quartet of Arran Davies (Guitar), Callum Croft (Bass), Melos Moody (Drums) and Troy Tittley (Vocals / Guitar).

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Nuns Of The Tundra

The clefts of barren space at the end of each bar by Nuns Of Tundra keeps the heart in a state of constriction as the hurtling sounds flail across the room. It is the sublime sharp edged stutters of sound which are played superbly by the quartet that raises this way above the bar and I am minded of watching a perfectly skimmed stone bouncing across the water into the distance and the personal joy of counting each set of ripples which a deft flick of the wrist and the ideal selection from the water-front elicits.


Unlike me, the quartet having learnt their craft do not then immediately reach for the biggest rock in the fond conviction that this will work too as they pursue tracks which take the listener on a grungy weave of guitar and perfectly balanced bass, whilst percussion is given room to grind cleaving axes of tempestuousness, to which the vocal precariously straddles the path between the intemperate considerations and ties the whole thing together with a sound you just want to keep hearing.

I have much time for the way that Nuns Of The Tundra are able to sharply cleave the stanzas, whilst maintaining a flowing undercurrent of sound, not an easy feat. Recently formed this is a quartet you can expect to hear much more of in short order if there is any justice in the music industry, but we both know there isn’t, so I can only offer my support and trust you will too.

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