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Review of Spines of the Heart
Experimental rock (or avant-rock) has been the rock genre’s little sibling since the 1960’s and has since become more well-known with bands such as Radiohead. But if you’re in need of the latest in experimental rock, look no further than Spines of the Heart.
The album is by Bryan Deister, an experimental music artist based in California who draws inspiration from his classical training and Kurt Cobain, as reflected in his darker and hard-hitting tracks. The album has been described as a “brooding reflection” and certain tracks have climbed to the top of indie charts.
“Today” was a haunting ballad that is fitting for the end of a James Bond film or a high-budget drama film. It begins with a piano solo, leading into an eventual crescendo of a full band with guitars and percussion with Deister’s high-range vibrato voice. Although it was difficult to decipher the lyrics due to Deister’s enunciation of words, perhaps a stylistic choice like star Sia Furler’s tracks on her 1000 Forms of Fear album. Overall, the track is one of my favorites on the album for its emotional power. The following track “Nobody Angel” showcases more of Deister’s classical training with an elegant piano solo opening and a strong presence of the piano throughout the track.
“Into The Sky” instantly struck me as a track that sounded like the Beach Boys mixed with techno, just in the minor key and not about a woman named Barbara Ann. There is an interesting mixture of various off-beats and rhythms all mixed together. The track reached #5 on the indie charts and #148 on the national charts.
“Silent Screams” is not so silent, beginning with a riff that could be lifted from classic 80’s arcade games. The track ends before the words “silent screams” can be completely, as it abruptly stops halfway through, or perhaps conveys a foreshadowed silence from the track’s title. “Gone” is a track that seems to also call out for help, suggesting suicide and other dark themes to a backdrop of a heartbeat percussion. Overall, the album is a refreshing outlook on the nature of melancholy and depression.
To listen to Deister’s innovative music, you can visit his SoundCloud page and ‘like’ his Facebook page for updates.
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