Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Turtle Power

Alongside the requisite Brooklyn locale on their Myspace, Dragon Turtle are unafraid to list an unknown outpost of rural Pennsylvania, where much of their material is conceived. Similarly, on their debut album Almanac, their musical outlook demonstrates no qualms in setting their accessible, succinct slice of left-field indie, Island of Broken Glass, out there nearby the sprawling, psychedelic desert burner that is Moon Fallout.

Whilst the former is the song that initially draws the ear, it's perhaps the latter that best demonstrates the band's own tag for their sound: “Ambient-Winter-Calypso-Space-Folk". Well at least it isn't a derivative of any -core, ever thankful for small mercies. Coming close to a Grails sound, it weaves and meanders along a distinctly loose, almost transcendental path. Island of Broken Glass provides a pleasant, summery counterpoint to this, strumming along a pleasantly straight road until the vaguely apologetic raucousness of the track's end.  

MP3: Dragon Turtle - Moon Fallout

MP3: Dragon Turtle - Island of Broken Glass

Both taken from the new album Almanac, out now - BUY

The entire album can be streamed before purchase at the link above, though it would be wise to just stump up for this one and get it pulsing through those big headphones as soon as possible. A more than pleasant surprise from what appears to be a band of the utmost quiet - not to mention blissed out - confidence.


Jade Leonard said...

This is great! I am an independent singer songwriter and I learn a lot from reading blogs like this - thanks so much for sharing.

zidered said...

Glad to be of interest! Thanks for reading Jade.