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.
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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