Wednesday, August 28, 2013

DATE PALMS LP

DATE PALMS - THE DUSTED SESSIONS LP (Thrill Jockey)
"The Dusted Sessions" is the third full lenght by Oakland's instrumental psych-rockers Date Palms. As the album title and the coverartwork emplies, the album is inspired by the deserts of the southwestern U.S. with three songs focused on the Yuba river in California. The duo Greg Kowalsky and Marielle Jakobson, the heart of the band, is responsible for keyboards, flute, electronics, synthesizers and violin. On these recordings they are completed by Ben Bracken, Michael Elrod and Noah Philips adding bass, guitar and tanpura. On the basis of this arsenal of different instruments Date Palms write songs with repitive structures sounding like mantras, that get more monstrous with every new repeat. The stylish variety as well as the use of the most diverse instruments open up a wide musical spectrum ranging between country, psych, desert-rock, droning doom and the more exotic influences of classical Indian music. Date Palms compositionen are packed with a diversity of ideas, so that even eleven minutes lasting numbers don't become boring or monotonous. However, most soundscapes are kept significantly shorter and don't drift into extented jam session. The songs on the a-side are charcterized by a warmer sound with central melodies floating through while the b-side reveals a darker and heavier tone. Each track seems to push a different instrument into the forefront. "The Dusted Sessions" sounds like a captivating desert-trip leading though keyboard wall-of-sounds, Pink Floyd inspired psych-rock guitars, thundering bass-lines, moody violin harmonies and a lot more to discover with every new song. (Listen to it here)