Dumaresq (pronounced joo-mer-ik) is the solo-recording project of Queensland-born, Melbourne-based multi-instrumentalist Joe Kneipp. He recently released NEOLUDDITE.
He mentions John Maus, Suicide, Nine Inch Nails, Bon Iver, LCD Soundsystem, The 1975, and Radiohead as influences. Out of the artists I would say Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails come closest to the center of the bullseye most of the time.
I feel like this can be heard on the opener “Commerce. There are cutting abrasive aspects to the song that felt industrial not unlike NIN but there are also sections where the atmosphere and beat come more out of the Radiohead aesthetics. You can hear this more clearly towards the end of the song.
There are of course deviations and as the album progresses Kneipp begins to form a more unified sound. The uplifting “Urban Solitude” soars with a driving beat. If you strip this song back I felt like it could have been a lot more pop-oriented towards the beginning. The song finds a groove and had a mantra like quality not unlike.
“Chronic Sleep Debt” felt like a grunge oriented track but with many jagged and jarring elements. It was hard not to think of NIN on “Smile You're on Camera” while “Nomonoculture” is an intense two minutes of metallic shard and melody.
I loved the dissonant beat and groove on “Drtspk.” In fact I could argue this is the highlight. He still has some surprises with the much more lush “Prefecture” and sparse and haunting “Gift Economy.” He closes with “Made Me a Patriot” which is unlike anything else. It’s a pretty straightforward piano ballad and the most emotional human sounding song by a long shot. I would have liked to hear more songs like this.
There is a good amount going on with this album in terms of style. If you appreciate any of the aforementioned bands I think you should give this a whirl. Recommended.
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