Heron Oblivion

Heron Oblivion is my band of the moment. They’re from San Francisco and their self-titled first album, just released, is a thrillingly psychedelic collision between feathery folksy vocals and explosive guitars. The singer and drummer Meg Baird used to be in a folk-rock band called Espers, but here she takes off for new zones teamed up with a bass player, who keeps it simple like she does with her drums, and a pair of guitar players who don’t. The songs are long, haunting, filled with weird lyrics, quietude and sudden explosions as the guitars launch like rocket ships looking for new planets.