Vision of a Dying World - Skelephone Call from the Eastern Side Eric Nielsen 1.26.8
Vision of a Dying World has a new piece of music out on Single Screen Records. It’s a 6 song, 16 minute ep that comes out hard, fast and strong. The singing is open throated right from the beginning and moves with abandonment through shorts blasts of sounds. Lots of starts and stops and dynamic shifts lead in with drums and vocals.
The David Lowery comparison works very well for this alt pop country band. The guitars and rhythms strike out country and western on speed. Chasing the bad guys across the southwest in a posse of full galloping horses, the bass is driven by hooks, vocals, and the devil.
Often pieces start in a guitar country riff and then are joined by the rest of the band in a bash of many layers. All sit together very well and are led by the vocals through a Munsters' guitar line or a shimmering vocal strut. Sometimes sounding like the Flaming Lips, most of the songs tread the same vocal frequencies, blasting at you and past you in a 16 minute fevered dream.
Sometimes there are moments where the piece breathes but it’s really about the assault of song structures bound together by momentum. If it weren’t for the country touches, I’d say this album has the energy and theme of a NY Dolls piece. It’s going for the swagger and cockiness with the horns and the self-assured voice. I can imagine these pieces going over well in a live setting. Check them out on January 30th at the Casbah with Rafter, Fantastic Magic and The Castanets.