(http://www.dalloways.com)The Dalloways – Dirty Money and Filthy Love EP
(http://www.birdinbox.com)Bird in Box Records
Catchy, mature indie-pop with interesting and unique influences.
The Dalloways’ Dirty Money and Filthy Love EP proves interesting, to say the least. While it exudes a predominantly indie-pop sound, the band often dabbles in jazz fundamentals, bringing a unique twist on a genre that is becoming tired.
A wide range of possible influences come to mind while listening to the five tracks of this EP, from bands like Of Montreal to Belle & Sebastian to The Smiths. The band is definitely indie-pop, but subtle hints of jazz guitar and a poetic and literary sensibility to the lyrics give the Dalloways a maturity that is uncommon amongst its peers. And despite the band’s California origins, there is a distinct Brit-pop feel to the music. It has a certain cultured feeling that only a select few can truly appreciate, but that anyone can love.
Even without knowledge of the works of Thomas Hardy, who is blatantly referenced in the song “Me and Thomas Hardy,” or of the technical aspects and influences behind the music, the songs on Dirty Money and Filthy Love EP are highly enjoyable. Anyone who loves a good pop song should enjoy the bouncing rhythms and subtle synthesizers driving the title track. “I Love You Regardless” proves to be a nice guitar-driven ballad, and the EP is rounded off with the oddly creepy but entertaining “Didn’t Have The Time.” The only track that is really forgettable is “Let’s Climb the Staircase,” possibly just due to it being the middle track.
Basically, the biggest fault of this EP is that it is an EP and not a full album. More, please.
– Nate Williams
Band Name: The Dalloways
Album Name: Penalty Crusade
Best Element: Strong sense of mood.
Genre: Mellow pop.
Label Name: Bird in Box Records (www.birdinbox.com)
Band E-mail: email@example.com
The Dalloways are not mainstream. Or rather, they are the type of band that one can not appreciate until the years of mainstream listening have turned into years of underground searching and back to mainstream, except a different type of mainstream- the type of mainstream that people actually listen to. Pop.
But not pop in the Britney Spears/N’SYNC sense of the word- pop as in good songwriting and layered texture. Pop as in harmonies and beautiful guitar sounds. Pop as in the Beach Boys, the Smiths, or Belle and Sebastian . In this odd and illogical world, the term “Pop” has come to represent corporate marketing and shallow, youth-targeting MTV propaganda.
But the point where the Dalloways are coming from is a different world entirely. There is no TV screen flashing bright colors. There is no million dollar video budget. All that spreads forth from Penalty Crusade is the slow burn of longing and heartache into a cloud of sweet melody that makes this album an absolute indie pop gem.
Penalty Crusade is the kind of record that needs to be listened to all the way through in one sitting. The next song builds on the last and there is a strong sense of musical style that ties the whole thing together. However, the track that really gives Penalty Crusade its wings is the beautiful “How Can I Explain”. It has a breezy feel that flows through the ears with a soft melody and playful harmonies that sound like the soundtrack to the long autumn drive on a Sunday afternoon. The lyrics are not printed in the booklet, but it doesn’t matter. This is atmospheric music, meant to be absorbed through repeated listens. Brit Pop and easy listening fans take note: this album is for you.