Carlson’s hypnotic solo album ‘Conquistador’ out now!

"a cycle of crushing, psychedelic melodies that leaves you anxiously anticipating their resolve." - Pitchfork

"...a thing of beauty, gushing with psychedelic buzzes and howls from the surely smoldering amplifiers." - Paste 

"...a deeply fuzzy psychedelic-guitar zone-out that evokes visions of vast, merciless deserts.." - Stereogum

Legendary guitarist Dylan Carlson released his first proper LP under his full name (his previous solo work was under the moniker drcarlsonalbion) this past Friday via Sargent House.  Long heralded as a master of minimalism, Carlson’s songwriting demonstrates his ability to craft compelling symphonic compositions while exercising extreme musical frugality; listen to the meditative, hypnotic five-song album in its entirety via The Quietus.

Dylan Carlson has become one of alternative music’s most ambitious pathfinders; it seems beyond appropriate, then, that Carlson’s new solo endeavor is titled Conquistador. This five-song LP channels the indulgent drone of Earth while traversing uncharted sonic terrain. 

Recorded at God City Studios with Kurt Ballou, Conquistador’s early material had been gestating for quite some time.  Carlson viewed the recording session as an opportunity for both catharsis and collaboration, thanks to contributions from the esteemed Emma Ruth Rundle (baritone and slide guitar) and his wife Holly Carlson (percussion, photography, cover model). 

In support of Conquistador, Dylan Carlson will canvas the United States on a month-long tour in July and August.  The ambitious tour routing will take Carlson from coast to coast, appearing on select shows with Kurt Vile and The Violators, Sleep, and Marry Lattimore on select shows.  All tour dates are listed below.


Conquistador is available for preorder now - physical copies available here and digital copies here.

Conquistador Track Listing: 

1. Conquistador

2. When The Horses Were Shorn Of Their Hooves

3. And then the Crows Descended

4. Scorpions in their Mouths

5. Reaching the Gulf

Dylan Carlson, On Tour:

JUL 10 Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater ^

JUL 11 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle ^

JUL 12 Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel ^

JUL 14 Chattanooga, TN @ The Signal ^

JUL 15 Knoxville, TN @ The Mill & Mine ^

JUL 17 Charlotte, NC @ The Underground ^

JUL 18 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl 

JUL 20 Charleston, SC @ The Royal American

JUL 21 Richmond, VA @ Capital Ale House

JUL 22 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *

JUL 25 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory *

JUL 27 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel *

JUL 28 Boston, MA @ Royale *

JUL 29 Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston

JUL 31 Detroit, MI @ El Club

AUG 1 Chicago, IL @ The Riviera Theater *

AUG 2 Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room +

AUG 4 Denver, CO @ Lost Lake +

AUG 5 Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Music Hall +

AUG 7 Los Angeles, CA @ Resident +

AUG 9 San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern +

AUG 11 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge +

AUG 12 Seattle, WA @ Barboza +

^ w/ Kurt Vile & The Violators

* w/ Sleep

+ w/ Mary Lattimore

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