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Dan Friel

"Sunburn" CDEP


Genres: electronic rock, experimental

Mar 28 - Apr 3 2005

This beautiful CD (basically a three-incher extended to full size with clear plastic) is Dan Friel's second and Velocirecords' third.  Friel, a member of insanity-rock act Parts & Labor, contributes his own brand of oddly melodic, even more oddly danceable electronic material for Sunburn.  It may be strange, but it isn't annoying or particularly inaccessible - melody and rhythm are both on display (or rather on parade) on this record, and there's a fierce brashness that makes these compositions quite irresistible.  Sometimes Friel is noisy and unrestrained ("death," "7sisters"), while at other times he shows his more structured side ("tractorcalls," "greenlights").  This disc is packed with electronic noise and keyboards, as well as some guitar to give things an extra oomph!  Particularly inspired moments include the tension-building adrenaline rush of "b2bs" and the electronically modified guitar plucking of "tractorcalls."  On Sunburn, Dan Friel offers you everything you might want from an EP - this is brief, fun, and jam-packed with juicy goodness.  Instrumental music rarely sounds so incredibly awesome... I'd recommend not missing out.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 7 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2004]