Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones)
Released: Mar 2013
Label: Century Media
These thoughtful Los Angelenos opt for atmosphere over aggression on their fourth full-length; it's their least metal and most prog album, in other words, but with at least as many shoegazey holding patterns as paradiddles. Everything but the three-minute "Blood from a Stone" sounds stretched out for Porcupine Tree fans, with a frequently itchy and scratchy undertow. Sabbath rumbler "Eventual" has the heaviest gravity, until it starts fluttering; closer "The Way Down" wiggles every which way like a snake plugged into a light socket. At least two songs refer to insomnia.