There's a lot of things that come to mind when I think of Philadelphia, PA. I think of beef, beer, football, a blue collar town coming into its own with a flourishing music scene. However I do not think of mind bending psychedelic bands that have mastered what makes electronic music so amazing these days. So thank you to Soul Dolphin, a local Philly act that has altered my state of mind about their city with their incredible musical experience that is their debut album Deja Vu All Over. I could make some sort of attempt to peg these guys down with a list of genres but honestly, screw that. This album is one for the senses, and trust me, every single one will be stimulated.
Texture, texture everywhere running up and down my skin, rattling my spine, massaging my jaw. There is more than three dimensions to these eight tracks. A big part of that comes from their concept of percussion. It's like they're 3D printing the tune right into your ear canal. I could almost feel or even taste it. When I closed my eyes I could see geometric shapes building on top of one another or puffs of smoke warping into different shapes. Typically albums in this ballpark like to keep it light and fluffy. This album is anything but light and fluffy. Each track has weight and gravitas to it. Yes you're going on a journey, but your feet are rooted into the ground.
I will admit, you've got to work for the lyrics, but that didn't come as shock to me. Once you steady yourself in the sensory overload, you can make out fantastic lyrics. This was not the lyrical style I am accustomed to hearing with music like this. It's not all flighty metaphors. A lot of the words are very real and earthbound. Again, they managed to exceed and transcend my expectations.
For a debut album, there are a lot of things to applaud here. For one, this album is a home recording project and hot damn it sounds like a pro production. Managing the countless and delicate layers it takes to build one of these tracks would be daunting for many. Perhaps then it was a good thing that the band didn't ship it off to be handled by the hands of someone else. Instead band member and producer Sam Lev handled business from the comfort of his home. You can tell he had skin in the game because the production is essentially an instrument in itself when it comes to this music.
I'll try to be brief as I explain why this album is worth your money and time. I think music like this is the future. It doesn't paint pictures. Those are too two-dimensional. No, this music is sculpting and composing full body experiences. It's something you almost breathe into yourself. No I'm not on any recreational substances at the moment for those of you wondering. I simply listened to this album in its entirety, and this is where I'm at with it.
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