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Patiently Awaiting The Meteorite release “Canyon Diablo”

Like the first snowflakes of a blizzard descending from the heavens above, the scattered notes that open Patiently Awaiting the Meteorite’s “All This Madness” penetrate through the invisible barrier that exists between mankind and sound with an unmistakable chill. Suddenly we’re covered in melodic white noise as these little sonic gems pile on top of each other and overtake everything in sight. We’re powerless to stop the steady stream of harmonic tones falling from the sky, but this is only a taste of what listeners can expect when they press play on any of the songs in the band’s new album Canyon Diablo, which is literally taking the world by storm right now.

Patiently Awaiting the Meteorite are a pretty new band to most of us, but they don’t sound like a ragtag group of rookies still trying to find their sound. You can instantly tell that there’s a natural chemistry between the players that you can’t teach in a school or practice into existence. I don’t know how these guys found each other, but to me it sounds like they were always destined to forge Canyon Diablo together and unleash its unparalleled magic unto the world in 2018.

There’s something for everyone’s tastes in this record; whether it be psychedelic spaciness, funky dance rhythms, electro pop grooves and even a touch of punk rock insurgency. PATM take all of these ingredients and mash them up into an eviscerating freight train of musicality that is awfully hard to stop once it gets started. At the right volume this band could knock over a city skyscraper, but Canyon Diablo also contains a handful of moments that showcase the group’s softer side, which defiantly sears its tonality into our brains with just as much fervor as the heavier material does.

Songs like “Hello Hello” and the folkish “The Place” give us a pretty good idea about what PATM’s next record could sound like if they decide to go in the more radio-ready direction that the pair imply. I don’t think that Canyon Diablo is so far outside the mainstream that it couldn’t receive airplay from commercial radio stations, but it certainly doesn’t sacrifice any of its color to fit in with the work of more established artists. This is an amazing jumping off point, and although they still have room for growth in certain areas, there’s no debate over whether or not PATM is going to be one of the heavyweights in the next era in pop music.

Patiently Awaiting the Meteorite have got everything going for them right now, and with a debut album as listenable and creative as Canyon Diablo now firmly under their belts, the options and possibilities that sit in front of them moving forward are practically endless. I think they should hit the road and try to work out the few kinks they do have on the stage before returning to the studio to record their sophomore effort, but no matter when they choose to put out their next album they’re going to have a lot of expectations to live up to in the wake of this awesome LP they’ve put together for us here.

John McCall

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