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Doomsdayer’s Holiday

https://www.inkoma.com/k/941

(6tx CD, 37'34'' - Temporary Residence ltd '08)

 | mike thumb
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Devo ammettere che nonostante la copertina tremenda si tratta di un bel disco. Il quartetto di Portland sembra boccheggiare nell'angusto acquario del post-(post)-rock e per evitare l'asfissia assesta decisi colpi di coda lasciando intravedere spiragli illuminanti. Anche se parlare di “luminosità” riguardo ad un disco cosí scuro e denso di suggestioni allucinatorie possa sembrare fuori luogo. In realtà, in casa Temporary Residence, c'è sempre stata molta attenzione agli sviluppi di un filone molto spesso superficialmente abusato e ottusamente rinchiuso nella dialettica del “piano vs forte” . Ed infatti in Doomsdayer's Holyday sono riscontrabili mutazioni ed ibridazioni eccellenti  con suggestioni di matrice classicamente psichedelica (Acid Rain), blues, jazz (Immediate Mate) ed ispirazioni di stampo più cinematico (Predestination Blues), non perdendo però mai un forte senso lirico e alimentando la tensione emotiva con composizioni che lentamente si saturano e si gonfiano come se fossero flutti in perenne burrasca. Il prossimo passo sarà quello di cambiare grafico. Almeno spero.
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I must confess that notwithstanding a dreadful cover artwork, this is really a good album. These four guys from Portland look like taking long breaths inside a poky post-(post)-rock aquarium, and to escape asphyxia they whisk hard the tail so You can see bright openings. Although writing something like 'bright' about a such so dark album, full of hallucinatory images, - sounds inapt. But, at  Temporary Residence, actually there's always been place for the develpments of a genre often superficially abused, and obtusely limited to the formula of “quiet vs strong”. In fact in Doomsdayer's Holyday You can recognize excellent mutations and hybrids with suggestions of a classic psychedelic matrix (Acid Rain), blues, jazz (Immediate Mate), as well as inspiration more rooted into cinematic (Predestination Blues), without losing a strong lyrical sense, and feeding a sensitive tension with patterns that slowly saturate, and grow like waves everlasting storming. Opting for a new graphic designer is the next step. Hopefully so.
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