Dor – grey, north carolina – LP Review

It was back in October of last year I introduced the indietronic outfit- Dor from the USA. They have just released a fifteen track LP – grey, north carolina.

Dor - grey, north carolina - artwork

Dor – grey, north carolina – artwork

Opening with the appropriately named – wake as we stand poised at the opening of a just over an hour long release and Dor produce sounds you would anticipate – shimmers of electronic laden percussion and guitar flood the room.

standing, Waiting is a number lasting just over seven minutes and the tempo for grey, north carolina is set, a mix of lengthy tracks juxtaposed against shorter pieces. This has a lighter texture than anticipated and I reminded somewhat of an uptempo Enigma with the latent textures.

route is an intriguing composition with the acoustic guitar caught amidst the electronic kit and caboodle and a fine piece of innovation.

Next comes tryptophan, which much like the amino acid it is named after shares spikes of the pentagon in the molecular structure and finds the first voices on the release.

day.dream is far from a somnambulism as the perky progression evokes of a world scurrying blithely towards its own myopic implosion and my pick of the release.

Closing the first half of grey, north carolina is plane down over lake james, the longest track on the release at just over ten minutes and one in which Dor demonstrate their extraordinary ability to create music which evokes emotion without anything ever being stated.

Followed immediately by the shortest piece at seventy seconds automat. Dor demand much of their listeners, both imaginatively and intellectually. It is for this very reason – the assumption made by the band that the audience has a brain – that I particularly enjoy their music. Nothing is spoon-fed, but it is all available, merely asking of us to engage the cerebrum into gear and away from neutral.

shoreline is next, with sounds that bend back and forth in speed to discombobulate the brain further and as a fine example of the internal thought processing of the band and the rationale of their intentions, I can think of no finer example on the release and is worth the price of the LP on its own merit.

Heading towards the end of grey, north carolina and Dor give the head no respite with you wont remember – nine and a quarter minutes of sustained and slowly evolving drone. A startling sublime piece of sonic creativity I wish went on for another ninety two and a half minutes.

ad interim is another sub two minute piece, that once again demonstrates the ability of the duo to surprise the listener with track placement as once again a subsumed analogue vocal is deployed through fuzzing static.

so still is remarkable for it very lightness and pitch when set against the preceding tracks and the audience is lifted from their concentration of the past fifty minutes with a prelude to the finale….

kurhus. Which is a centre for Neuro Rehabilitation in Denmark. A fine and appropriate ending to an LP which challenges preconceptions and demands the audience use their own brain. This is how music should be, questioning, not prescriptive and I wish Dor all the best with grey, north carolina, which is available on bandcamp.

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Propeller – You Remind Me of You – Single Review

Propeller, the USA based outfit first look back in March of last year have just released a double A side single.

Propeller - You Remind Me Of You - Artwork

Propeller – You Remind Me Of You – Artwork

A long holiday weekend over here and what better way to start off the Bank Holiday Monday than with sounds of summer, particularly given that we have (over here in the UK) had the unexpected pleasure of good weather and Propeller give the day the start it needs with the new release.

You Remind Me Of You, is something of an appropriate title as the song contains influences that are recognizable, however they add their signature fuzz and garage fade to deliver a sound that just makes you pleased that the duo create music.

What A Way To Feel resonates of sparkling champagne guitars and even if you don’t live within striking reach of the beach, you just want to find some water and light a fire to dance around to celebrate being alive.

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EdTang & The Chops – Eponymous – EP Review

EdTang & The Chops from the USA release their eponymous five track EP on the 16th May.

EdTang & The Chops - EP artwork

EdTang & The Chops – EP artwork

Opening with When Death Should Find Us and immediately there is no doubt that is the same EdTang & The Chops I reviewed back in August of last year as immediately my feet feel the need to join in and my furrowed brow lifts to a smiling visage. Which given the subject of the song may seem to be an anomaly. A great opener and worth the cost of the release by itself.

Next up comes Willy Loman and in this piece the quintet take the sound right back to the roots of their influences with more than a hint of blues country rock that just demands the volume is flicked upwards. Intriguingly at 1:15, which is repeated at intervals through the song there is an electro-organ sounding interlude from a song I know well, but can’t place, but know it was something to do with electro-pop from England. A great eulogy to the Arthur MillerDeath Of A Salesman character.

Brothers In The Way Back takes a sway towards bluegrass and although the vocal I so much is enjoy, is always to the foreground through the EP, here it is given a showcase on which the mind can focus. Keep up the whisky and cigarettes I implore… My pick of the release.

A Lapsed Catholic is almost the reverse of the last piece with ears being pinned towards the instrumental, which is given space to explore the guitars in more detail.

To finish is Leaving Of Liverpool , a decent cover of the original.

A harder edge to the material that has preceded it, the EP marks a fine step in the development of EdTang & The Chops.

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Vivid Riot – Compilation 2 – LP Review

There are a select few promoters whose emails I look forward to receiving and Nick from Vivid Riot is one of those.

Vivid Riot - The Compilation 2

Vivid Riot – The Compilation 2

This is an atypical review for a couple of reasons – it is not released by a band and secondly it is a compilation, which should make it something I don’t review. However the roster on Vivid Riot is so strong, that of the fourteen tracks, there isn’t one band I don’t like.

I don’t intend to either list the bands or the tracks, or even choose a pick of the release, but this article does conclude with a stream of the full LP which came out on the 18th and can be downloaded on bandcamp for free, any donations will find the money heading to a homeless charity over here in the UK.

Ranging from the rakish to electronica, Compilation 2 has something for everyone who enjoys exploring vivacious unsigned bands and having it all in one space will make this an LP you will want to pull out time and again. Some of the bands have already been introduced, those who haven’t, do expect to see thoughts on most of them at some point in the future.

If you are an aspiring band with spirit and integrity, then I do recommend dropping Vivid Riot a note, as they will work as hard on promoting you as you work on your music.

Turn up the speakers and enjoy Compilation 2.

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Southern Brotherhood – The Basement Sessions – EP Review

The English band Southern Brotherhood have a new three track EP – The Basement Sessions –  set for release on the 15th May.

Southern Brotherhood - Basement Sessions- art work

Southern Brotherhood – Basement Sessions- art work

Opening with Baby Girl, which is a well defined blues rock track that Southern Brotherhood don’t bend far off the straight and narrow. A well constructed piece of music for devotees of the genre.

Next is Right Back Where We Started, which to my mind, finds the band in a more creative space, as although the roots of the sound is identifiable, they seem to have developed in maturity and confidence. Southern Brotherhood deliver a sound which combines Americana with English rock to create a track which allows the individuality of the players to flow more naturally as they are not trying to fit inside a proscribed formula. My pick of the release.

Concluding with the longest piece, which runs at just under seven and three-quarter minutes. Serenade, continues that improvisational streak and for me, this EP finds Southern Brotherhood marking out some of their own territory and as a result sound much more impressive for the change in the song-writing process.

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