the Pink Dots…..’Legendary’ for a reason

TODAY WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM OF THE LEGENDARY PINK DOTS.  WHY PROBLEM YOU MIGHT ASK?  WELL, WRITING ABOUT A BAND THAT SOUNDS LIKE NO OTHER, HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE 1980, HAS RELEASED 32 ‘PROPER’ STUDIO ALBUMS AND HAS A DEVOTED CULT FOLLOWING YET NEVER ENJOYED MAINSTREAM SUCCESS CAN BE A BIT DAUNTING….BUT WE’LL TRY……

 PLAYERS HAVE COME AND GONE FROM THE BAND OVER THE YEARS, BUT THERE IS A CORE FEW TO L.P.D. THAT LEND A COHESION TO THE WIDE BERTH OF MUSICAL TERRAIN COVERED: PHIL KNIGHT ON SYNTHS, NILS VAN HOORN ON SAXES AND FRONTING THE ENSEMBLE IS EDWARD KA-SPEL AND HIS PARTICULAR VOCAL STYLINGS (WHICH WILL IMMEDIATELY MAKE SOME NEW LISTENERS RUN FOR THE HILLS, BUT WE FIND IT CHARMING, LOVELY AND UNIQUE).

WE FIND IT EASIEST TO UNDERSTAND THE L.P.D. CATALOG IF WE VIEW IT IN TERMS OF DECADES, WITH ALBUMS WITHIN A DECADE UTILIZING CERTAIN SOUNDS AND APPROACHES THAT ARE DISTINCTIVE FOR THAT TIME.  WE ARE BIG FANS OF ALMOST ALL THEIR ALBUMS (THEIR FIRST, CURSE, IS A FINE PLACE TO BEGIN AN INVESTIGATION) BUT TEND TO RETURN MOST OFTEN TO THE RECORDS FROM THE NINETIES.  WITHIN THE NINETIES,  WE CONSIDER HIGHLIGHTS TO BE THE ALBUMS CRUSHED VELVET APOCALYPSE, NINE LIVES TO WONDER AND THE MARIA DIMENSION.  IF PRESSED FOR A ‘FAVORITE’ ALBUM, WE MIGHT ADMIT TO THE MARIA DIMENSION FOR ITS’ PSYCHEDELIC AND ‘ETHNIC’ QUALITIES, STRONG SONGWRITING AND OVER-THE-TOP PRODUCTION.

WE REALIZE THAT IF YOU AREN’T FAMILIAR WITH L.P.D., WE HAVEN’T GIVEN YOU MUCH INDICATION OF WHAT THEY ACTUALLY SOUND LIKE.  TRUE.  HERE WE ADMIT DEFEAT, THAT OUR DESCRIPTIVE LANGUAGE HAS FAILED US. THOUGH, PERHAPS IT IS A TESTAMENT TO THE VIRTUES OF THE MUSIC THAT IT CANNOT BE EASILY FILED, CATEGORIZED OR PIGEON-HOLED.

ALL WE CAN PROFFER IS THE IDEA THAT THIS MUSIC IS IMPORTANT, DESERVES RECOGNITION AND SHOULD BE LISTENED TO ON A MUCH MORE WIDE-SPREAD LEVEL. 

http://grooveshark.com/#!/album/Maria+Dimension/601916

 


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