More of a sampler than an EP, Here Comes That Weird Chill features "extras and oddities" from the recording sessions for an album due out in Spring 2004. The main feature is, in theory at least, Methamphetamine Blues - a track that's weird indeed, kicking off with a nightmare chain gang, manic laughter and the harsh gravelly tones of Mark (Queens of the Stone Age) Lanegan himself.
Message To Mine is a wonderfully creepy song with grating synths; Lexington Slow Down features a classical piano intro and a Lanegan blues voiceover. Skeletal History is the standout track however, dark guitars and bloopy synths the backdrop for dark, dark lyrics - "oh, who knows my sister / can anyone admit the fact that they infected her..."
Lanegan's voice almost goes off the bass scale in Wish You Well, from which come the title lyrics, and the eerie guitar soundscapes in two versions of Sleep With Me are phenomenal. A fascinating collection of tracks that bode well for the full works next year.
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