Sorry for the extended absence. I’ve been super busy with a new interactive theatre art piece that I’m putting on later in the month in conjuction with Theatre Australia. Nah just kidding, I’ve probably just been playing xbox hey, but I’m back up in this with a frightening sense of excitement. D.D Dumbo has got me all twisted in a jam by virtue of his six astounding pieces of savoir-faire musicality. I am smitten beyond most anything else I’ve heard this year and I need you to agree with me to assuage my diminishing sense of self. Worry not, I’m not asking much, even if you’d like to disagree with me on principle, you’ll have a hard time railing against a record this charismatic. Don’t even click play, just head to his bandcamp and get it done. It won’t cost you a cent lest you’re feeling charitable and though I don’t want to sound conceited, I should mention that I gave four of my hard earned. Ain’t no thing when you’re top dog in the music biz.
Anyway, six songs, each of them magic. I heard this for the first time just last week when hero blogger Thomas Lukaitis shared them as part of Who The Hell’s new Collective PEG segment. Two Australian music blogs you need to keep your eye on right there.
This is the work of Oliver Perry, who legitimately broke my brain with ‘Alihukwe’. The track starts with Perry doing his thing on what I think is probably a Hammond or a Wurlitzer or something (throw me a bone here Perry, seriously. Not an ounce of information across any of his social platforms) but then the key slots home, the gears click and grind before suddenly, the beat drops and we’re inside. That beat huh? Subtly reverbed and probably recorded in a scout hall on three dollar mics, it’s a crispy wafer crushed between thumb and palm. It’s crunched gravel beneath the boot soles of Kapooka recruits. Then a full minute or so later, old mate decides it just might be time to start wailing again and we’re too stoked to chastise him for being late to his own party so we just grin and high five each other. That’s ‘Alihukwe’.
There’re five other tracks you can dig through at your leisure but here are two other picks that will hopefully make clear what D.D Dumbo is about. The first is ‘I Woke Up Covered In Sand’ which immediately glides into motion with Perry in lower register and backing harmonies to boot. Look out for the late game guitar line lifted straight from the xx songbook.
Lastly, this is Roy Orbison’s ‘Crying’ bathed in reverb. No punches pulled this time.
I haven’t even touched on the lead single ‘Tropical Oceans’ but that’ll do [pig, that'll do]. The self-titled EP is a peyote fueled quest to discover one’s spirit animal which obviously means it rules all over the place. I give this release the highest rating possible on Sound Doctrine: eleven metaphors out of eleven.
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