By Jonathan Bradwell
A patent apotheosis of the desires of a producer can be calamitous. It can unscrew a product out of the minds of the writer, and over flourish their concepts to flow suitably into the pocket of a cigar wheezing business man. When initially listening to this release by ‘[Damn] this Desert Air’, the influences, and rewardingly so, of ‘Deftones’ and ’30 seconds to Mars’ rejuvenate from every instrument. In this case then, we can accolade credited mixer ‘Brian Virtue’ (who has worked with both these bands) for granting this conversion of the customs of these two bands to be thoroughly centralized throughout the infrastructure of this EP.
‘Distance Waits’ is an effervescent progressive rock EP. “Ghost I own”, a song so winningly chosen to launch the EP into momentum sets the scene with severed up drum rhythms and encroaching guitars that delineate each and every section of every single song. Unlike the more pique sectors of prog-rock, where sections shoot in frenziedly and uncertainly, [D]TDA have reconciled the genre to allow a lamentable flow within the sound discharge. This genesis however broadcasts a main drawback almost primordially: The bass in the release is beseeched for, but rarely diagnosed due to the onslaught of two phlegmatic guitar sounds.
Critics may question and vociferate that the release is repetitive and is soporific. This standpoint does not go without evidence, but there is a whisper that the songs conformities were done for a reason. ‘Made of Gold’, albeit much slower, does stem from the well working precept that needs not to be moderated. This song in particular is totally engaging: the blundering sound effects displace the drums, and the sonorous guitars seem to bear honestly around the vocals, and not rush the momentum. It’s enlivening to come across prog that is not superincombently loaded with carnivorous amounts of shredding solos.
Each member insinuates to play and radiate off of another member. Where ‘M.Wolff’ may trickle out a calcified layer of six string pressure, ‘A.Bartone’ seems to direct and entwine his bass around this ambience to envision a solitary feel that refurbishes every 32 bars maximum. By using one configuration for a riff, and morphing it again to yield a similar but multifarious riff, “Distance Waits” carry’s every trait of a slender and emotionally executed jam. By omitting stereotypical song structure and replacing it with an adulterated visage of musical bravery, [D]TDA have given life to an unimaginably purposefully irascible vermin.
Deviant track “Ghost I Own” culminates the EP as well as opening it, but this time a remixed format that squanders prog and electro with a piercing doom scenario. With ponderous and stabbing sounds so unstable it heightens to be pestering, it is ‘C.Cirinelli’s’ directly recognisable vocals that concur it to fit in at home amongst the offerings. Symphonious hangings bequeathed via a dark unnatural landscape add to the chill, but nonetheless, a tune worth listening too. For those that find progressive genres impenetrable to break into, but are unrelenting to do so, your time has come with this release.
(Picture Courtesy of Exploding Sound)
Video of “Calling Orion” by “[Damn] this desert Air – Note this song is not on the “Distance Waits” EP!