DEAD LEAF ECHO-â€œPale Fireâ€
New Yorkâ€™s Dead Leaf Echo arenâ€™t the easiest band to classify, which isnâ€™t a bad thing. The swirling â€œWarm Bodyâ€ has all the gritty atmosphere of The Gutter Twins, but title track “Pale Fire” (mixed by Ulrich Schnauss) is downright shoegazey. â€œCry the Seaâ€ is â€˜80s Euroangst, though, recalling Joy Division and New Order, with great drumming. Overall, the bandâ€™s second album is a tragic, romantic tribute to the â€˜80s, but with more goth than most bands who harken back to this sound (Iâ€™m thinking of Interpol specifically).
Dr. Dog make big-sounding folk songsâ€”simple, quaint, themes weave a full, rich musical tapestry. Itâ€™s far from easy to listen to, as every song constantly reinvents the bandâ€™s sound, which means that hearing the record can take a little effort. But itâ€™s a rewarding one. Dr. Dog have received much blog love, so thereâ€™s really no need for me to write up a long review here. I canâ€™t help thinking, as I listen, that this band is capable of much more than whatâ€™s on â€œFate.â€ They seem to have endless, bottomless potential. With each record, they stretch out just a little more, making each new release a rewarding experience.