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1. Another Day In The Life, 2. I’d Like To Fly, 3. Sounding For Me,
4. Out Of This World, 5. Away From My, 6. Falling, 7. From The Ground
Here’s the debut solo album of multi-instrumentalist Joe. His
compositions are inspired by various music styles ranging from rock,
grunge, metal and jazz, including bands like Deftones, Korn,
Soundgarden, Nirvana, but also great instrumentalists such as Jimi
Hendrix, Jackie Mclean, Theloniuos Monk, John Coltrane or Miles Davis.
Some of you may catch a few melodic and vocal lines comparable to The
Young Gods’ tunes as well. This interesting mix results in music that by
no means makes for easy-listening, but remains original and
intriguing, despite the multitude of influences.
The material has undoubtedly been written for vocals and moods, actually
one specific mood I’ll elaborate below on. The instrumental parts
played on drums, guitar and bass were added in the background, fitting
between compositional parts very well. The lyrics are uttered in a
spoken, languid manner rather than sung. If you however, imagined Joe as
an opera singer and his tracks as classical, emotional compositions,
you’d also picture him singing aloud rather than seemingly reciting
poetry. Joe’s rough voice is unmistakable and therefore, it is a large
part of his potential. Just after a few tracks it will imprint itself
into your mind, dominating the compositions along with dirty guitar
There are a lot of unclean tunes here, interspersed with melodies. The
atmosphere brought by down-tuned bass and guitars is ponderous,
lethargic. There’s very little life, almost no energy, dynamics, or
power on this album, but these songs were not written for such purpose
at all. If you listen closely to the vocals, they do push their own
melody into heavy compositions. This happens already in the two opening
tracks - “Another Day In The Life” and “I’d Like To Fly”.
Most of the tracks on melodic DIRT last a bit over 3 minutes,
which normally could be perceived as short. Here though, since the same
arrangements repeat often and the overall mood is heavy, these songs
sound as if they were prolonged. The guitar is sometimes employed to
introduce a lighter, vibrating and memorable motif between all the other
instruments, as it is in “Sounding For Me”.
When you get to “Out Of This World”, you may have an impression that Joe
was loosely improvising here, but there are a few specific, repetitive
lines within the composition. The vocals are raspy and almost
resonating. While listening to “Away From My”, you’ll notice a neurotic
bass line which dominates the vocals at first. Joe doesn’t use the
typical intro-verse-chorus-bridge-verse-chorus-outro structure. He uses a lot of verses with occasional bridges. This track is a good example of his creativity in that respect.
When it comes to “Falling”, this is indeed a free fall yet based on
wisely planned arrangements. An initially annoying, high-pitched synth
brings a looped melody thanks to which your ear will mainly focus on the
melody instead of the grungy tunes introduced by the guitar-and-vocals
combo. This follows the technique already used in “Sounding For Me”, but
expressed through a guitar there.
The last track on the list, “From The Ground”, sounds the heaviest and
most apathetic at the same time. One could say that it describes the
process of slitting veins and observing the dripping blood and escaping
life, but make sure your reading of this track is not so dramatic. The
drumbeats are arrhythmic, while the guitar only marks stops and makes
another line of rhythm. There are many asynchronous, atonal sounds and
little harmonious arrangements. Trust me, though - everything done on
To sum up, not everyone expects music to be cheerful, swift or pleasant
for the ear. Despite of its quite chaotic, slow and extended song
structures, the individual formula of traditional industrial or drone
metal music presented by bands such as Einstürzende Neubauten, SPK,
Godflesh, Earth or Sun O))) has turned out to be inspirational for many
listeners and performers. It is all about understanding the sound. If
you’re looking for a tune which a commercial radio station may not play,
then melodic DIRT album is what you need. And here’s exactly
what Joe is winning you over with - not virtuosity but originality,
because not many of you will be able to admit that they’d heard
identical tunes before.
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