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D.W. Holiday

"Technical Difficulties, Under the Influence" CD

Three Ring Records

Genres: space rock, space pop, indie rock

Three Ring Records
PO Box 883123
San Francisco CA

Oct 11 - 17 2004

The three folks responsible for D.W. Holiday like to draw their songs out, but - quite fortunately - none of Technical Difficulties is boring or self-serving.  Instead, it is an impassioned, thoroughly engaging space rock release that combines equal parts Hopewell, Yo La Tengo, and Three Mile Pilot.  Yum.

This disc begins with "No Diving," which triggered my Three Mile Pilot comparison.  It has a certain similarity to the experimental rock band's calmer work.  "Cowpoke" and "30 Cans", on the other hand, are more inherently melodic - spacey waves of guitar lend the songs a dreamy quality, but their real success relies on their stunning vocal melodies.  "Push Play" and "TDUTI" are more daringly experimental; the former is fractured and drastic, while the acronymic latter track is a dreary, piano-based ambient-pop piece.

Technical Difficulties, Under the Influence is a beautiful space pop record that flows wonderfully and maintains a beautiful, atmospheric sound.  For newcomers to the genre, it will make for a suitable introduction; for grizzled scene veterans, it will be a breath of fresh air.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 8 tracks + 1 hidden, distributed by the label, released 2004]