Every once in a while we come across an album that makes us confront things about ourselves that we wouldn’t readily admit to the world. As human beings, we’re incredibly complacent to our own faults, but sometimes all it takes is a collection of immaculately conceived songs to stir something within us that aids in our journey towards self-realization. Patiently Awaiting the Meteorite might not have set out to create the most cerebral pop/rock release of the last decade, but they’ve delivered it nevertheless in the form of their debut album Canyon Diablo, which is out now everywhere that independent music is sold and streamed. I had the chance to give Canyon Diablo a spin before its official release and was quite taken with the high caliber of content I discovered.
Patiently Awaiting the Meteorite collectively bring a lot of experience into the studio with them, despite the fact that this is their first full length recording under this moniker. Consisting of multi-instrumentalist brothers Dominque and Sylvain Grand alongside mononymous vocalist Dee, the power trio sophisticatedly utilize every aspect of the instruments at their disposal in Canyon Diablo. The resulting product is extremely well polished and produced with exquisite precision and care, with even the most muted nuances of their sound receiving VIP treatment and magnification from the concise high definition quality of the final mix. If these songs were a little more bass-heavy one might be inclined to classify them as shoegaze, but in their current state they would best be described as avant-garde pop or loosely adapted alternative rock.
There isn’t a song on the pop music spectrum today quite like “Everything Under the Sun,” the stellar mid-album psychedelic ballad that stuck out to me as one of Canyon Diablo’s more poignant tracks. Opening with an indulgent, lush sea of synthesized feedback, the song erupts out of nowhere into a blistering pop jam right around the time it reaches its halfway point. It shows off how nimble Patiently Awaiting the Meteorite can be when they’ve got a crazy idea that they’re serious about executing, and from what I can tell in the plethora of gorgeous material that their debut contains, there are few compositions that they would be intimidated by – if any at all.
Progressively styled and richly framed by ethereal play from the band, Patiently Awaiting the Meteorite’s Canyon Diablo is the most fascinatingly original rock album of 2018 bar none, and honestly I don’t think you’ll be able to find a more intriguing LP released this year, no matter what genre of music you explore. It speaks volumes about what kind of a sound we can expect out of the threesome in future releases, but it also shines a spotlight on the gaping void that has been quietly expanding in pop music over the last fifteen years. We need more experimentally vivid music that grabs us by the collar and wistfully takes us into new and exciting uncharted territory, and Patiently Awaiting the Meteorite prove committed to satisfying our unrestricted thirst for adventure in their first studio album.