Hello The Dry Spells, it’s nice to meet you again! The last time we heard new music from the beloved San Francisco psych-folk four-piece was in 2009, when they released their searing and somber debut record Too Soon For Flowers on local label Antenna Farm. Well, they’re back with an equally haunting new song called “Heliotrope,” and it’s sending shivers down our spine.
It starts out with some wry minor guitar chords and slowly swells, adding divine three-part harmonies and xylophone tinkering. The slow burn the song boasts is something special. Each segment of the song highlights a different instrument, be it violin, vocals, or a searing guitar solo — all parts equally memorable. But in the end, you may have their often-repeated lyric, “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust,” stuck in your brain. It’s a welcome return for the band.
“Cherry Red”/”Heliotropes” is out November 20 on Empty Cellar Records. You can order the single, featuring anaglyphic 3D artwork by Shayde Sartin, via the Empty Cellar website.