Dwindle - Days Away
Guilt Ridden Pop
This band makes me feel completely awful about myself and my musical
tastes. I'd wager that if you go out and buy this you'll know what I'm
talking about. Let me explain here anyway.....
I know you all do it like I do too. You keep up with the labels you trust
and the bands you know. Straying outside is a fairly rare occurence. You're
on the mailing lists for all your favorite labels and bands so you know
when the next "ex-members of" side-project is going to be released. To be
honest, we're all pretty closed minded about music to a certain extent
(at least I know I am, I'll admit it). So when a band like Dwindle comes
from a label that I do not follow to release a cd that I would never just
up and buy (because I have heard nothing from them since they played a
show at the Fireside a few years ago that I _think_ I went to) I feel
pretty bad for being so closed to things I've never heard of. The simple
reason for that is because this is a really good album. I'm ashamed for not
seeking out stuff like this and just assuming that a label I know is going
to release it and shove it down my throat for me. Thankfully I found
Dwindle, from Minneapolis (not universally known as an indie rock hot bed
[see? there I go again!]), plays soft spoken, pensive indie rock. Slowed
down but rocking stuff usually driven by one clean and one screaming,
distorted guitar. Softer breakdowns and longer instrumental sections
abound to break things up. The vocals seem to float just barely above the
music in a sort of half-spoken kind of manner. I guess this is a cd that
makes me think of looking out a window while it's raining. No matter how
cliche that is, that's what this reminds me of.....you know that feeling,
don't kid yourself. So hopefully this sheds some light on a band who seems
to be largely unknown and I must say that I am happy to be a part of their
uncovering. This is a band that doesn't deserve to be ignored, this cd is
too good to be overlooked any longer. Now you dont have an excuse, you
can't say "waaaaa, I've never heard of them."
Wise up, sucka.
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