Dirtwire
Dirtwire


3.5
great

Review

by Evok USER (32 Reviews)
December 29th, 2017 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: robotic tumbleweeds

Dirtwire’s eponymous debut is a curious thing. Is the oddball marriage of instrumental Americana and electronic beatcraft something you’re supposed to dance to? Or does it beckon you to grab a donkey and embark on a peyote-fuelled trip through the Mojave? I think the answer lies somewhere in the middle. Akin to discovering the door to a hidden world in your own backyard, Dirtwire’s angle on folktronica takes the familiar sights and sounds of the wild west and turns them into an entirely unique and striking swath of vivid hallucinations that remain untethered to the hitching post of mundane dancefloor jigs. If Red Dead Redemption’s John Marston fell through a wormhole and ended up at Burning Man, the ensuing montage of hilarity would surely be scored by this sonic enigma, but Dirtwire by Dirtwire is so much more than a novelty. Refusing to rely on tropes and schtick, what we have here is total mastery of dichotomized aesthetics waltzing in perfect synchronicity to forge something completely new.

“Amphibian Circuits” sells the bit right off the bat, and sets the posture of these adventurous tones in prophetic fashion with echoic twangs soaring above a beachy dub framework. It’s a proper overture, and one that sees the following tracks casually sidestep into introspection as the album marches deeper into the void spaces of dustbowl panoramas and rattling cacti. From there, the stretch between “Back Home” and “Knock” borders on delirium with its harmonica-and-fiddle-peppered downtempo widdling, and things don’t start marching again until the midway point when “Hunter’s Harp” drops a forward rhythm that prods the charcuterie of acoustic instruments back into restless motion. The journey continues until the swampy percussion of “Bed Spring” casually draws the curtain on one of the most irreplicable undertakings you’ll ever be privy to, and after the dust is settled you’ll be left wondering if what you just experienced was even real. The cattle-rustling cosmonauts named David Satori and Evan Fraser are clearly men of pioneering vision, and their debut release under the Dirtwire alias is something that anyone who enjoys one-of-a-kind music should consider worthwhile.



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Evok
December 29th 2017


7661 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's short, but I've said my piece and now we can discuss this brilliant thing. Oh, and its a pay-what-you-want on their bandcamp, so you've got no good reason to skip this one!



https://dirtwiremusic.bandcamp.com/album/dirtwire

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BlackwaterPork
December 29th 2017


4389 Comments


Nice review mate, take a mofukin POS

Archelirion
December 29th 2017


5639 Comments


Oh sweet, this got a review! Really interesting album; I loved the imagery you used, very apt. Have a pos :]

cylinder
December 29th 2017


1399 Comments


awesome review, the images you picked go with the album perfectly. this thing needed a review so bad too

FullOfSounds
December 29th 2017


15770 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

oh nice finally a review for this

Evok
December 29th 2017


7661 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank folks. I'm always a little uncertain as to whether my point gets across on short reviews like this, but it's sounding like I should keep rolling with them I guess. And yeah, this definitely needed a review.



Btw, if you dig this you best check out Spoonbill's Zoomorphic next ;]

tacos n stuff
December 29th 2017


3137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review, album is dope

CaimanJesus
December 30th 2017


3739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This looks cool

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Evok
December 30th 2017


7661 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

give 'er a whirl bud!

Lord(e)Po)))ts
December 30th 2017


40925 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

nice review man and good ratings on this page

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