"Technical Difficulties, Under the Influence"
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.
8 tracks + 1 hidden, distributed by the
label, released 2004]