Brooklyn’s Dinosaur Feathers look to Janet Jackson for spiritual guidance on their groove-laden third album CONTROL, released this fall by Ernest Jenning Record Company. Insistent drum machines & lithe pulsing basslines meet shimmering synths, coked-out horns & soulful vocals, dragging 1983 pop/R&B kicking & screaming into the new millennium. Master of ceremonies Greg Sullo hooked up with production gurus Naptimes to update (downdate?) & amplify what the NY Times called “[their] sinisterly effective pop melodies.”
Dinosaur Feathers first emerged from Brooklyn’s sweaty DIY scene as an irrepressibly upbeat synthesis of indie rock & world music influences, replete with intricate soaring vocal harmonies. The group then charted a course from tropical leisure to nervy beach rock via substantial touring with acts like Built to Spill and Peter Bjorn & John. Most recently, Sullo committed to an extended stay in Oakland, where he found himself progressively drawn toward Motown soul & funky R&B — from Smokey to Chaka, Prince to Janet. His vocal performances here clearly reflect an affinity for such material, supported by a catalog of disparate secondary influences, from Scott Walker to Drake.
Indebted to the grace & precision of songwriters like Harry Nilsson & Curtis Mayfield, these songs are the most direct & propulsive Sullo has committed to tape– err…digital bits. Lyrics deliver meditations on subjects at once intimate & divine, searching for meaning: “Do you think it’s true, what they say/We all will die alone?/But maybe that’s the only way to pass into the Unknown.” Even the most cosmically vexing elements prove eminently relatable — in the confessional, on the dancefloor & in the bedroom. All things considered, CONTROL offers up a rejoinder for those curious enough to ask, “What have you done for me lately?”
Edmond Dantès is a project founded in 2012 by Andrew and Ryan–two teachers at Boise Rock School.
The songs are a mix of old and new and though Edmond Dantès, the literary character, could aptly be called the “king of revenge,” Edmond Dantès, the band, just wants to share melody, song and dancing.
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