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White Line Darko

Turning Out!

Review by Gary Hill

The sound of this Minneapolis-based act, at least as demonstrated by this two song EP is really unique and hard to pin down. I could almost see them fitting under progressive rock, at least the modern version of that sound as represented by bands like Muse. They certainly have plenty of that in the mix. That said, there is so much more here, ranging from power-pop to jazz to Beatlesesque sounds, alternative rock, punk and more. Whatever you call it, these two songs are quite inventive and unique.

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Track by Track Review
Piano brings this cut into being. As the drums join it has some hints of jazz. The tune turns more toward an alternative rock vibe as the vocals and other instruments are added to the mix. There are some spacey and artsy elements at play here. This number goes through a number of twists and turns. It has a lot of power-pop and some hints of punk in the mix at times. I can definitely make out some Beatlesesque moments, too.
The Times
A little siren-like blast of synthesizer is heard at the beginning of this song. The number drives out to a bouncy kind of jam that has plenty of power-pop and some proggy concepts at play. I'm reminded to a small degree of Muse on this cut. This is another dynamic and complex piece of music. It has some definite space rock and other proggy tendencies at times. Yet, there are some punky edges, too. I can hear a shift into Doors-like space late.
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