DARTZ!
This Is My Ship


4.5
superb

Review

by Breaded USER (20 Reviews)
November 26th, 2013 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This Is My Ship is 46 minutes of some of the catchiest, entertaining, and most dynamic music you will ever hear.

I struggled trying to put this review together. I tried digging into the history of Dartz!, but there really isn't one. I tried highlighting the original aspects of their style, but aside from standout musicianship and lyrcism overall, there are lots bands that sound like this. Then, I tried breaking down what exactly makes each and every song on this album so fresh, exciting, and entertaining each play through, but I came up with no worthy set of words to back that up.

So, instead, I'll just be honest and try to avoid the standard review cliches.

This Is My Ship is, simply put, a really, really, really good album.

It's rare that an album can retain a similar style and sound throughout and still remain fresh for the entire duration. But Dartz! created something here that is both timeless and rested comfortably in the period it was made. At a time before a new wave of emo brought about the return of the "twinkly" guitar, Dartz! made a callback to the emo of the 90's (American Football, Capt'n Jazz, God's Reflex) while fusing it with the indie rock of the modern era (Weatherbox, Meet Me in St. Louis, Johnny Foreigner). The result is a constantly changing landscape of sound, twinkly guitars shimmering in every direction, and extremely abstract lyricism. But don't fret, this album is in no way a tough nut to crack. Most of the songs on the album are drenched in catchy, fun pop melodies that will get you nodding along every time. At the same time however, the pop melodies are often contrasted with aggressive vocals, most notable in the song "Prego Triangolos", where the abstract lyricism I mentioned above stands out the most.

"You have three sides, but you're not a triangle. You have three sides, but you are a square"

The band is constantly shifting gears, despite sticking to the same twinkly-soaked guitar sound. In the song "Cold Holidays", we see some experimental, dance-punky guitar work, in "St. Petersburg", the pop melodies with just a touch of aggression stand out, and after 8 minutes of silence on the final track, "The Lives of Authors", we hear a post-rock hidden song. It's this constantly shifting dynamic that makes this album so fresh and re-listenable every time I come back to it.

To me, this is the quintessential indie/math rock album of the modern time. It's accessible at first listen, yet has so much buried beneath and so much constantly changing that you can find something new to appreciate each time you return to it. Whether it's a twang you didn't hear the first time around, or a strange lyric that finally clicks in your head, or an influence you can finally clearly hear through the sound, this album is a near perfect showcase of never-tiring songs.

I ask you to give this album a listen, even if you aren't typically a fan of the genre. It's an overlooked gem that never quite got the credit it deserved. Absolutely anyone can find something to enjoy in This Is My Ship.



Recent reviews by this author
Animal Collective FeelsHightide Hotel Naturally
Antarctigo Vespucci Soulmate StuffThe Dismemberment Plan Emergency & I
AJJ Christmas IslandModern Baseball You’re Gonna Miss It All
user ratings (16)
Chart.
4
excellent

Comments:Add a Comment 
InfamousGrouse
November 26th 2013


4276 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

haven't heard this record in ages jeez



no one will read this btw but nice review

cryptside
November 26th 2013


2397 Comments


Very nice review; laid-back and informative. I need to check these guys out.

Breaded
November 26th 2013


46 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks guys! And I know it wont be read much, I just saw it didn't have a review up and thought I'd do the band some earned justice.

InfamousGrouse
November 26th 2013


4276 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

last signal, they are very much worth a listen if you're a fan of math rock in general



check Lazer Eyes at the very least, it's a total jam..

StallionMang
November 27th 2013


8081 Comments


Really good review, listening to these guys right now

Digging: Ross From Friends - You'll Understand

cryptside
November 27th 2013


2397 Comments


I enjoy math rock on occasion, and this seems to be a good album to check out.

cryptside
November 27th 2013


2397 Comments


Also, lmao @Stallion for "Sunny Day Feel Estate".

StallionMang
June 25th 2014


8081 Comments


IF YOU WANT TO UNDERSTAND THE PARK

YOU'VE FIRST GOT TO BE THE PARK

SebastianJunior
July 2nd 2014


25 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

TIMS was one of the better suggestions I recieved from Spotify, it's an adventure in sound really, kind of a lost classic. My fave track is the catchy Fantastic Apparatus.

solongatlast
July 10th 2015


298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is the only worthwhile album I've found on Deep Elm, other than Planes Mistaken for Stars and the Appleseed Cast.



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2017 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy