Wandering the woods with Dead Meadow can get trippy. The video for “What Needs Must Be,” from the Lovecraft-loving Los Angeles-via-D.C. trio’s fifth album Old Growth, was shot at a “haunted hunting lodge” and includes all sortsa greenery, a creepy warlock, amniotic water blurs, some forever-chased girl in a white dress, and a masque lunch, culminating in a dusky costume-ball live show.
The song, put to tape in rural Indiana, is a pleasing enough psychedelic stoner jam — the kind we’ve come to expect from the boys (the album has some lute on it, kids). As far as the video? Immortal did it better.
Old Growth is out 2/5 on Matador.