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World Cafe Next: Heron Oblivion

Quiet songs meet scorching guitars on the debut album from the Bay Area psych-rock band.
This week's World Cafe: Next artist is a new Bay Area band called Heron Oblivion. As with Led Zeppelin or Iron Butterfly, the band's name juxtaposes something light and natural with something far heavier — and that's also the sound you get on Heron Oblivion's self-titled debut. The bombast of West Coast members Ethan Miller and Noel Von Harmonson (of Comets On Fire) contrasts with the more delicate Brit-folk singing of Philadelphia drummer Meg Baird. It's a daring move for Baird, whose last solo album, Don't Weigh Down The Light, was much quieter.