The five piece band from Northern Michigan known as Distant Stars has released an album that serves as a soundtrack to an ebook called "Self-Righteous Loverboy." The album is called Distant Thunder and it genuinely impressed me. Once again, I have the pleasure of reviewing an album associated with a rich and established narrative world. There's lots of theatrical elements, and the music serves up the best elements of today's rock scene.
The opening track, "Don't Dream It," pays a fitting homage to Rocky Horror Picture Show and right away I was in for a fun ride. Although to be honest, it was not the ride I expected. "Don't Dream It" does a great job of communicating the theatrical element, but the tracks that came after were are pleasant and original surprises. The group uses additional instruments such as the flute, trumpet and clarinet very wisely to make charming little accentuate key elements within the music. The vocals are essential to the dramatic inflections involved.
The music can definitely be broken up in to scenes and moods. Some of it is very with gentle indie touches. Quaint guitar riffs and an eclectic mix of instruments paint these sweet and innocent moments in my mind. However this sweetness is not naive, there's a wisdom behind it. Almost like a nostalgia for a time before things were so complicated or entangled. The album also takes a plunge into dank and dark spaces with a pointed grunge tone.
There's also a good amount of tracks that just ooze cattiness and brutally honest thoughts we all have but like to admit to. It's bitchy and electric, and I couldn't get enough of it. Although I have not read the book this music is attached to, I am motivated to do after listening to the album. Each mood builds a story I would be interesting in reading. I appreciated that while these moods are different, there was baseline to the story that glued everything together.
Another big selling point for this album is the quality of the music. The album was handled with care in the hands of Infinite Balance Studio and V Sounds Studio for the album's production. There are certain moments where the music wanted to make a big statement, and sound enormous. Thanks to the production efforts, they were able to achieve this effect while maintaining an organic sensation.
I really enjoyed what Distant Thunder has to say. I feel the album could cast a wide net in regards to its audience. The biggest thing for me is the originality, the music can stand out in a very large crowd. It's cool and innovative without gimmicks, it's just execution and the motivation behind it. For anyone seeking something they haven't heard before I strongly recommend this album.
Become A Fan
We are dedicated to informing the public about the different types of independent music that is available for your listening pleasure as well as giving the artist a professional critique from a seasoned music geek. We critique a wide variety of niche genres like experimental, IDM, electronic, ambient, shoegaze and much more.
Are you one of our faithful visitors who enjoys our website? Like us on Facebook