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Denelian - False:Positive Review

by Daniel Walker

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Believe it or not, the newness of 80s New Wave music did not fade away, at least according to groups like Denelian. One stroll down this memory lane and you'll suddenly don that Flock of Seagulls pompadour and eye makeup all over again. The band fuses the kitsch of bands like FoG with the gritty, alternative glam tendencies of performers such as David Bowie and The Cure, with delicate (even sometimes menacing) bass and guitar lines. The vocalist has a lazy moan that connects words together captivatingly and leads you along all the little peaks and valleys of the sound. He never overdoes his performance, keeping relatively the same dynamic throughout.

The name of the debut EP is False:Positive. The cover of it shows a red sunset with a palm tree in the background, which oddly reminds of surf rock. It's only six tracks and most of the vocals are supplied by the hard-working Kelly Dale, although Philana Goodrich often helps out with her serene accompaniment. There is a strange tracklisting decision because two tracks seem to be sequenced improperly: "Lost#2 (in a room)" and "Lost#1 (in the bowery)". These are like mid-length interlude tracks that weren't put in order on purpose, for some conceptual reason. Lost#2 almost sounds like industrial for the first few seconds, until that brooding bass line and lush, cascading guitar swashes surface. The industrial underbeat reappears in the middle of the song.

This is not really an experimental album, though. Basically, if you still want to ride that "Wave" some more, this is a great surfing experience. Nonetheless, it has modern nuances as well and is a solid first effort.


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