The Dust Collectors are audio foible at its best. From bands you haven’t heard of to bands you don’t remember hearing, they bring you their unique sound in the mix. In the meantime, they encourage you to think about what you’re listening to as well. Not as homework. As the blooming splendour of new sound. This is their latest album, Hanlon’s Razor.
For all the theologians reading this, I don’t need to explain. However, let me omit 80% of the reading audience and explain. It is a sort of cognitive/mental shortcut, where you must never attribute an action to malice, which can be adequately explained by stupidity. The overthinking, ape brain locked in our craniums is responsible for this a lot. Opening with Waiting Game, they proceed to break situations of these down. With cool grooves and tone heavy riff play, you feel like you’re in the studio. The vocal have a reedy honesty to them, while the riff becomes a part of your DNA in a way. Superb opening to something fresh and demanding.
Ruling with blues tones, you feel like you’re in between band libraries sometimes. Bullshit & Lies treats you to 2-3 different guitar tones, all separated accurately with brilliant audio production work. There might be moments you think you’re listening to the Grateful Dead in another dimension. The Dust Collectors are bringing their relationship with sound, writing and aural havens with each song.
The clues in blues
Flush & Plumb has a bluegrass/country swing to it, with some rhythm jumps and flings with styles. Such memorable lyrics come your way, you wish they were part of your school syllabus. This band has the ability to go through a psychedelic to blues to country tone in no time. If you’re able to catch a live show, make sure you absorb every note. Black Fly gives us another catchy riff to practice this weekend. I’ve been trying for hours to get that tone on my guitar, I guess the magic lies in the fingertips. And practice. This is another one of the riffs where you know exactly how the beat is going to unfold. The Dust Collectors must be swaying through pubs through America with this kind of sound, triggering nostalgia and getting the new gen hooked to live music.
Keeping Time comes to become one of my favourite tracks. The marriage of guitar with the synths is my ideal world. Then come the image rich lyrics, from the picture frame to palette. The Dust Collectors create paradise for all music lovers with their persistent arrangements. I’m in the second round looping this album, and I can’t get enough. Closing the album with Here’s Hoping, we go into a ballad gear. The soothing track cools us down to the slower tempo we began the album with. Or that’s what they wanted us to think. Always end on a high note. Rather, give them a healthy mix of both.
I’d like to feature most of these songs in the 2008 Hank Garland inspired movie, Crazy. Bringing their unique tone, I feel this band writes their own fate. Their EP earlier this year tells us who they really are, Filtered Gems. Their songs will be on constant repeat for a mood boost unlike any other. Follow them for more treasure like this!