The Dunedin Electric Co. is the solo project for Brad Martin. His self-titled releaseThe Dunedin Electric Co. is apparently the third release of the three recorded albums. The album felt like a collection of songs from the ’60s and ’70s that often paid homage to specific artists.
Take for instance “Dinner With the Wife & Kids” which has undeniable similarities to Pink Floyd. It's not only the vocals but the textures and tones felt like I was listening to The Wall-era Floyd. Atmospheric, haunting and ethereal.
What really threw me for a loop was the next song “Monkeys” which sounded like a completely different artist. The music is aggressive, distorted and has many more similarities to bands like Death From Above 1979 and Queens of the Stone Age. He reverts to a more Pink Floyd-esque sound on “Naughty Step” which is more upbeat and has a great groove.
“Speak Before I Die” taps into a another different vibe. This time he seems to be tipping his hat to Bowie. The Pink Floyd influence becomes even stronger on “Ghosts” and was one of the highlights. “Ghosts” which also weaves into classic Americana from a popular ’60s band.
Martin isn't’ done tipping his hat to artists from the 60’s. “Suck it Up” could be a B-side from The Beatles in an alternative universe. He closes with “I Don't Think You Will Miss Me” which is one of the few songs that didn't seem to be connected to a specific artist.
Martin is a really good songwriter. There are tons of hooks and the delivery is often exceptional. The one thing I wanted to hear more of was Martin’s distinct style. I wanted to hear more of what separated him from these legends. It was hard for me not to think about specific bands for most of these songs.
The Dunedin Electric Co. is a fun, enjoyable album that I think fans of ’60s and ’70s rock will appreciate. Recommended.
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