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DRY

Streetmark

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.30 | 15 ratings

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Eetu Pellonpaa
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3 stars I wasn't first very keen of this band, but when I learned to know its sound and sympathetic characteristics deeper, I grew to like it more. The album "Intro" starts with synthesizer solo, a sound which dominates the band quite powerfully. Soon a pulsing cavern of percussion and synthesizer sounds is entered, reminding Tangerine Dream's sounds and eventually hastening and disappearing to the void. "Welcome" is wished with a dramatic theme, sounding Hawkwind oriented cosmic tones and thick layers of shining keyboards. Organ solos are accompanied with strong presence of rhythm section, increasing pace for catchy multi-harmonic vocal themes and tasty dialogue of solo guitar and keyboards with some interesting arrangement solutions. "Sunny Queen" has a calm waiting feeling, soon released by Beatlesque verse. Some sections resemble also Camel due both synth and shiny guitar sounds. "Lovers" is a very organ driven sad song for vocal duo, getting dynamics with fast paced drums, and then later leading to contrast giving keyboard solos lines. This ability to unite happy fast sequences with slow sad themes is quite interesting capability from this group in my opinion. Acoustic folk is studied on tune "Drifting", a piece for vocal duo with pop melody, also giving association of "Nuclear Nightclub" era Wigwam for a Finnish listener, and containing interestingly shifting themes and compositional sequences. "Disco Dry" is not maybe so pleasant tune here for me, being some kind of "Abba carnival" with thick percussion layers, maybe quite successful joke song however. The original album ends to shorter melody based bluesy romantic song "Watch Out", and the reissue bonus track "You Want It" has more tones of Euro-pop already in it. Thought there are some elements, which probably don't please everybody, even not me, I think there is warmth and character in this music, which are worth checking out and contain positive qualities, sadly often absent from the everyday life.
Eetu Pellonpaa | 3/5 |

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