Brother Dege –Scorched Earth Policy: Deluxe Edition

Not so much scorched as totally baked, bro

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Scorched Earth Policy was originally a digital mixtape by Louisiana swamp- blues slide guitarist Brother Dege, composed of demos and field recordings. Now, he revisits that material in the studio, and these new takes drip with psychedelic effects and droning vocals.

The best tracks, such as Yellabone and Jones For War, have a stronger sense of structure, although lyrically Dege is not a storyteller to rival Seasick Steve or Ledfoot. Drummer Greg Travasos adds texture and dynamics to the instrumental Calabasas but there are too many songs built around a single refrain repeated ad infinitum. Tower Of Babel is the worst offender, with Dege tonelessly repeating ‘Revolution’ over a trance-like riff. It’s like a dog chasing its tail, going in circles (only very slowly, because the dog is off its gourd on psychotropic substances).

David West

After starting his writing career covering the unforgiving world of MMA, David moved into music journalism at Rhythm magazine, interviewing legends of the drum kit including Ginger Baker and Neil Peart. A regular contributor to Prog, he’s written for Metal Hammer, The Blues, Country Music Magazine and more. The author of Chasing Dragons: An Introduction To The Martial Arts Film, David shares his thoughts on kung fu movies in essays and videos for 88 Films, Arrow Films, and Eureka Entertainment. He firmly believes Steely Dan’s Reelin’ In The Years is the tuniest tune ever tuned.