Holtzclaw Road, Virginia brothers Pontiak teemed with fellow Thrill Jockeys Arbouretum for Kale, the split 12″ that included originals along with John Cale covers like the latter’s take on “Buffalo Ballet.” Of course, there’s more to each band than Cale covers. We updated Arbouretum’s dossier recently with their raging (but also quietly echoed) stoner anthem “False Spring.” Now that it sorta feels like Spring out there (maybe), we have a couple newbies from Pontiak, both via their noisier, heavier (and Dead Meadow-esque) third album Maker, recorded in their “rural” VA studio. Opener “Laywayed” buzzes alongside a very opened eyeball, flashlight theater, the band, a trippy spider, and beautiful landscapes. “Honey” arrives image-free, but it’s still — wait, apologies — sweet (leaf).
Just like “Honey”:
Pontiak – “Honey” (MP3)