MOON DIAL — Nice Day Pretty Colors Album Review

The Seattle, WA band MOON DIAL bring reduced guitar pop and dignified subject matter to their ever-growing audiences.

Moon Dial - Songs are emotionally cleansing — washing away any evil-spirits with unexpected concoctions...
Moon Dial – Songs are emotionally cleansing — washing away any evil-spirits with unexpected concoctions…

Frequently, you will find that elements billow and contract, at other times the sounds draw back. Then they are emotionally cleansing — washing away evil-spirits using unexpected concoctions.

Moon Dial’s ringlets & curls prompt the listener to pay attention.

Now they reveal “Nice Day Pretty Colors” [out out December 7th]

We had an early listen —

Icicle Peak” has a delicate tissue, even if the main voice [Jon Atkins] is often harsh and strident.

There are light touches from Garrett Croxon’s drums [Fleet Foxes.] You could say the downside here is that there is more than a little of Morrissey. Of course, you might love the SMITHS 1982-1984 — and if you do, then there is nothing to fear from a vocal delivery that is sweetly dramatic and often shaky — yet slips occasionally into mismatched falsetto.

Title track “Nice Day Pretty Colors” has a summer jazz-feel with lush bass-notes [ Jeff Anderson] and easy-easy vocal style.

The chings of key help to push this song along and the harmonies from the succulent Cello [from Lauren Swiderski ] add regret. This is poetic and sincere.

Lake Hills” has some jarring guitar-sounds and a complex, wordy structure. This comes alive with the sax [ Art Brown / Kate Olson] and then it turns from jazzy soft-rock into blue-eyed soul… with the attendant feeling and artistic merit.

For fans of The Byrds or Neil Young.

You can hear the Lead Single on the band’s site here: http://www.moondialmusic.com/single

Words: Neil Mach 2016 ©

 
 
 

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