The English alt-rock quartet Dead Natives last featured in November of last year.
In their latest release Keep This In Mind, which came out towards the tail end of last month, they return to the sound which first drew my attention just over a year ago.
As regular readers will know, I do enjoy music that threatens the plaster on the walls with a grumbling bass. Whilst Keep This In Mind is of their own retrospective catalogue the development in sound is easily discerned with the vocal laying in its most comfortable pitch, as do bass and guitar with a rumbling drum kit harrying laggards, like a sheepdog herding sheep in the far reaches of a hill on a rain swept day and keeping everything tighter than previous music featured, leaving the listener appreciative of the intervention in to the day.
I apologise to one and all for the late posting of this article, which has lain in my inbox since the end of January.
There is a hazy trippy feel as the guitars are slightly fuzzed, that, along with the elongated vocal gives it a retrospective brit-pop infusion with bass and percussion, conversely, skipping along the tempo, all of which warms the room with its good-mood temperament and as the just under three minutes song fades in to the silence, the listener discovers themselves in equally cheerful disposition.
The English alt-indie quartet released the three track single Something Strange on the 13th.
A pressurised stream of music is uncorked on hitting play as the roughly eleven minutes of Something Strange fizzes in to the room.
Underpinning the prescriptive britpop temper Dead Natives are able to do far more than merely follow the formula as they inject a more pugnacious construct to the music, which is most prevalent in the opening track – the title – and my pick of the release (available on bandcamp), which perhaps unsurprisingly is the briefest – lasting more than a minute less than either of the other two pieces.
My hope is that Dead Natives continue with the compression with less use of the elongation as, to my ears, their material is far stronger when tautened rather than flowered.