Music Information

Review: The Dissociatives - Self Titled


In 1994 Daniel Johns and his group Silverchair were catapulted into the mainstream by winning a demo competition in Australia. Their single 'Tomorrow' is still widely regarded as one of the defining songs of the early 90s. Now, before you rush out to buy The Dissociatives you're going to want to sit down before I break this next part to you; This cd is not silverchair, it sounds nothing like silverchair, and you are only seeing comparisons because Daniel Johns is in both of these bands. It is best to keep these 2 entities separate, or you will probably end up enjoying them both a lot less.

This album is a collaboration with Australian techno king Paul Mac, the eclectic mix of poppy songwriting, eerie soundscapes, 3/4 timing and multi-layered vocals brings out the best of both members of the band. The music and songwriting is filled nearly to a breaking point with more little noises and beeps than you'd think you could digest, but somehow everything falls into its right place.

Opening with a constant 4/4 bass drum beat, the opening track 'We're much preferred customers' quickly builds constantly with multi-layered vocals, sparse piano, eventually turning into a veritable electronic orchestra. From this moment on, you can tell that this is a very experimental album, created by 2 very creative musicians. While the songwriting and melodies would fit perfectly on every pop radio station, avid listeners will notice much more subtle details and nuances than the average electronic pop album.

The standout track on the album in my mind is 'Horror with eyeballs' a bizarre tune based around a 3/4 verse of carnival music, mixed with a poppy chorus featuring many layers of Daniel Johns singing 'all of this time on my hands/so far has gone/ to feeding my animals'. Nonsense? I think so, but you'll be singing it for days.While the rest of the album is very hard to categorize, each song features the same elements; Multi-layered vocals and instruments, noises, a full helping of 'na-na-na-na' and everything you'd expect from a pop album. I find myself rarely listening to single songs, as the album seems to flow much better as a whole.

Nearing the end of the album, the band pulls out 'Young man, Old man', another interesting track. Based around a guitar part, only instead of playing it only on guitar, Johns elects to sing the part as well. This is the type of abstract thinking that makes this album stand out so much in my eyes. You will have a very tough time guessing what is going to come next, and I think everyone loves music that suprises them.

The band managed to find a fantastic artist by the name of James Hackett to produce 3 videos from this album; Horror with eyeballs, Somewhere down the barrel and Young man, Old man (You ain't better than the rest) all 3 are available for your viewing pleasure from the bands website.

It seems that most of the mainstream press is tearing this album apart, but from where I stand (about 2 feet infront of my computer monitor) this is one of the best albums released thus-far this year. If you're looking for a solid, happy album featuring one of the best voices in rock, check this out, you won't be disappointed.

Overall: 8.2

Chris Elkjar is the founder of 'trust.me' an online music magazine for the enthusiast. He spends all of his spare time immersed in music, be it writing reviews, interviews with leading bands or writing his own music.

For more of his writing, check out Trust-Me.ca - Music for robots


MORE RESOURCES:

Variety

'Dear White People' Music Supervisor on Soundtrack as 'Statement Piece'
Variety
“I keep a running list of songs that I hope to use,” says “Dear White People” music supervisor Morgan Rhodes. “I'm a little bit old-school because I write them down on Post-It notes and they're all over my office. I'm just completely geeked about ...



Tampabay.com

Dozens of people hospitalized during 2017 Sunset Music Festival
ABC News
Dozens of people were hospitalized amid blazing temperatures during an electronic dance music festival in Florida, despite efforts by organizers to keep people cool and hydrated. Tampa Fire Rescue Department public information officer Jason Penny told ...
Sunset Music Festival has fewer medical emergencies on Day 2 ...Tampabay.com
More people hospitalized during night one of the 2017 Sunset Music ...ABC Action News

all 10 news articles »


Los Angeles Times

Music-focused British series 'People Just Do Nothing' celebrates the 'idiots everywhere'
Los Angeles Times
Underground club culture gets the “Spinal Tap” treatment in “People Just Do Nothing,” a BBC mockumentary series that just landed in North America via Netflix. On this series, which is structured like the British version of “The Office,” cameras follow ...



BGR

Get four months of Google Play Music for free for a limited time
BGR
You know what's better than a free three-month subscription to Google Play Music? A free four-month subscription to Google Play Music. For a limited time, Google is offering new subscribers an additional free month to the free trial of its streaming ...
Google is offering new Google Play Music subscribers four free monthsThe Verge
Google Play Music now offers 4-month free trial for new usersAndroid Authority (blog)
Google Play Music is now offering 4 months of free trial to new subscribersEconomic Times

all 33 news articles »


NPR

Encore: Jingle Writer Explores Decline Of Original Music In Advertising
NPR
Advertising jingle writer Steve Karmen wrote a number of famous jingles, including Budweiser Beer's, "When You Say Bud," the New York State song, "I Love New York", the Exxon Song and Wrigley Spearmint Gum's, "Carry The Big Fresh Flavor." This story ...



CBS Pittsburgh / KDKA

Tale Of 2 Cities: Steel City, Music City Vying For Stanley Cup
CBS Pittsburgh / KDKA
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It's the Steel City versus the Music City in the quest for the Stanley Cup. So, as the Penguins and Predators vie for hockey's most-coveted prize, how do their hometowns stack up? When it comes to the number of professional sports ...

and more »


PEOPLE.com

Hanson's Kids Steal the Show in Their New Music Video for 'I Was Born'
PEOPLE.com
Hanson has always been a family affair — and now, their kids are joining in on the fun. In celebration of their 25th anniversary as a band, “MMMBop” brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson dropped their new single “I Was Born” along with a music video ...

and more »


Fort Worth Star Telegram

Reckless Kelly, '70s hitmakers Orleans to play Arlington fest
Fort Worth Star Telegram
ARLINGTON Any press release that begins “music will drown out the sounds of construction” knows how to get to the heart of all us music-lovers and traffic-haters out there (even if the construction isn't totally about traffic), so the release for the ...



Chicago Tribune

Why do we make music? The guys in Molehill surely know
Chicago Tribune
So, you are sitting in a bar or tavern or club — whatever you may call the place you go to unwind, have a few drinks perhaps and partake of some sort of entertainment — and you will see in a corner or on a stage a person or persons making music. Jazz ...



The Guardian

Leftfield review – bone-quaking revival of a dance music revolution
The Guardian
It is 22 years since this Mercury prize-nominated house and techno album was released, refracting the energy and idealism of the rave era through a wantonly eclectic prism of dub, jungle, reggae and world music sounds. Arguably the first classic ...


Google News

home | site map
© 2006