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Sunset Alliance Records
A fifteen track ode to getting shit done, this first release from former Real Diego and current Kind of Like Spitting member David Jerkovitch instantly grabs you and continuously fingers you for the remainder of the record with its effortless pop and rock magic. You could draw all sorts of analogies to other more famous (?) indie bands, but would that really tell the whole story of this incredible album.
Sure, the sound is fuzzy and overblown at times, reminding you of the early days of Bright Eyes, but there is something more to the noise in this case. It is as if the medium has become part of the whole sound, perhaps ushering in a new era of medium-fi music. That is not to say that the whole album is noisy… take the lush fourth track "Glory! Glory!" with its huge organ pulse and rich harmonies. Right after that is the anthemic ballad "You sleep, I'll drive" and you can tell instantly that every little piece of this intricate patchwork puzzle is intentional and completely complimentary. Shit, complimentary is a horribly weak way to describe the diversity of this record and yet its power of unity and focus. There just isn't a word for it, except "hot wax", and that is two words.
Ok, so sometimes this record has a lot in common with Death Cab for Cutie. Is that so bad, either? I mean, they are hot right now for a reason. How many people were all about them three years ago, and how many best of lists had Postal Service on them? Not mine, because I don't really like them much, but I will give them credit for creating and sticking with a sound. And that is what David J. and company has accomplished in a far more expansive way. Fifteen different songs, ranging from traditional folk song duets with fellow K.O.L.S. Ben Barnett, to fuzzed out slow jams that could have wafted from a barn in Iowa, to big, huge full blown rock anthems that start out slow and just get heavier and heavier until the fabric of space and time dents in on itself. Fucking musical dark matter right here…
I may have gotten off-point with the comparisons to other musicians, and that may help since you have probably heard of them. But in a year, I guarantee that you will be using David J. references to compare how amazing the new Dntel Service record is…
- Grant Capes | 2004-04-21
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