DateMonthYear is based in Hamilton, New Zealand.
DateMonthYear embraces an eclectic approach to musical influences and performance situations.
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by JoeCitizen on Thursday 24 November 2005
It took me a while for this album to grow on me, sminly because on first listening it sounded similar to their 'Sampler' album - so much so that I had to go back to 'Sampler' to check. Its quite a lot different, if only because the production values are higher - although there are still some places in '7Ghosts' that seem quite familiar.
This is really quite poppy stuff - the name almost has an ironic ring to it because this album creeps up and moves through different genres whilst having common motifs.The Prelude track reminded me of some of Dimmer's work, dark atmospherics which segue into warlike drumming, creating a simutaneous sense of anticipation and menace. This then breaks into a full groove that often catches me unaware, despite repeated playing. Its jsut what i need when I'm writing - a good long sustained energy that creeps up out of nowhere.
The second track is a triumph of rock. The vocals kick in just where they're needed and carry me away. It's a catchy little beast with subversive lyrics. Oddly enough it reminded me of Shakespeare's Sister's " There's something about Anton" - and this is where I found it similar to the Sampler album's "Crash", but that said, its still a great track. Thats the trouble with ghosts, they keep popping up and I wonder if they're real.
These songs really deserve real names - not just Ghost1, Ghost2 etc.The third track (confusingly called Ghost2) had me humming it under my breath.Its got pervasive lyrics and a progressive structure that kept the tension without careening off course.
This album kept turning through its tracks in just the right way.Its got surprises, but there's nothing that irritated me. I keep playing it and wondering where it goes as it just seems to hit all the right buttons. It creates a journey that alternatively lifts and lowers the mood of the listener - it never overplays its hand, just moves on and takes me with it.
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