In the late eighties/early nineties, amidst the burgeoning grunge movement in the Pacific Northwest, stood a lone figure with different ideas about how music could sound. That figure was Dylan Carlson, and those different ideas were the seeds that would grow into the seminal drone/minimalist outfit Earth. Bureaucratic Desire for Extra Capsular Extraction has been released in it’s entirety, being the first studio sessions (recorded in 1990) that Earth put down, and opening a bright and shining path that countless others have trod in the ensuing twenty years. Sunn 0))) even named an early song after Carlson, having been inspired by his command of drone and tone. I’m not saying that Earth invented drone (hell, they’ve been using droning elements in Eastern music for as far back as anyone can remember), but they’ve been instrumental in shaping what we would consider the modern day drone movement in Western music. And Bureaucratic Desire for Extra Capsular Extraction is an excellent example what was going on at the infancy.
The music contained herein is droning (of course), doomy, down tempo, heavy, and intensely atmospheric. Minimalist, yet broad in scope, these songs possess a compositional element that tends to set them apart, even from the music of other acts that could be considered contemporaries of Earth. One of the most interesting and rewarding things about hearing the tracks as they appear on this release, is knowing that they are presented here in their earliest incarnations, Earth’s chrysalis stage, if you will. You can hear all of these songs on other albums that Earth has released (Extra Capsular Extraction and Sunn Amps and Smashed Guitars, et al.), but this is the music in it’s original state, albeit re-mastered (if, as stated by Southern Lord, they were ever mastered to begin with) by one Mell Dettmer, who has handled the mastering duties for all other Earth releases on Southern Lord. Dettmer’s skill and intimate knowledge of the music of Earth has served him (and the band) well here, as he offers up a massive, crushing sonic experience that does these early recordings the justice they so deserve. Along with artwork by Steven Fowler and package design by Steven O’Malley (Sunn, Khanate, Pentemple, et al.), the liner notes were penned by Dylan Carlson himself which, all combined, make this release a must have for long time fans. And it wouldn’t be a bad introduction for those uninitiated, either.