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Dynamo Bliss


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3.35 | 19 ratings

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3 stars The roots of this Swedish trio from Umea go back in 2001, when Stefan Olofsson (vocals, keyboards) and Peter Olofsson (drums, percussion) played together in a Beatles cover band.As soon as they were joined by Mikael Sandström (vocals, guitars), they figured out that they shared the same vision regarding music and decided to form the Dynamo Bliss trio in 2005.After several rehearsals in various places around the Umea area, they started recording their debut in 2008, eventually released in 2010 as a digital download.

A twisted and rich Progressive Rock album, ''21st century junk'' recalls the first steps of BRIGHTEYE BRISON, having straight 70's prog vibes mixed with modern Pop sensibilities in an intelligent way, that ends up in quirky, fast-paced compositions with both catchy moments and atmospheric waves.While their music remains fairly accesible all the way, the Swedish trio always surprises the listener with its demanding tunes, clever breaks and retro-styled multi-vocal deliveries with a strong THE BEATLE-esque flavor.Basically ''21st century junk'' sounds like if the Symphonic Rock basics meet the Psychedelic Pop adventures of the late-60's, though the approach is very contemporary.Sweet harmonies, orchestral textures and bluesy guitars meet the charming synthesizers, the delicate acoustic and electric piano and the vintage Mellotron of Stefan Olofsson, thus producing nostalgic soundscapes.Some very beautiful melodies are also included in the album with romantic piano vibes and sensitive vocal arrangements supporting, but even these tracks have something really interesting to offer, either it is a nice instrumental amalgam or the impressive blend of different, inspirational sources.

For those who simply can't live without physical CD's, the same album was released by Aerodynamic Records later in 2010.Vintage Progressive/Pop Rock meets the contemporary Art Rock scene in a convincing and emphatic way.Warmly recommended.

apps79 | 3/5 |


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