WINDOW is the product of patience and a working internet connection. The band is Marcus (vocals/guitar/bass/moog/flugelhorn/trumpet), Gil (bass/bass effects) and Damian (guitar/bass/ vocals/synth). Their arc as a band is an all too familiar story in music. The band forms in Wellington, New Zealand in 1993, record tunes for an EP, can't decide on a band name, Marcus leaves for Europe and the project is never released. The specifics differ from case to case, but the idea is the same: it’s hard to keep a band together. But WINDOW kept in touch and would record a track from time to time whenever they were in New Zealand.
When Marcus moved to Tauranga, New Zealand, he and Damian “began sharing ProTools files” and eventually did some tracking at Gil’s studio. Finally, after more than 25 years, WINDOW’s album Dopamine Glances was completed and released in December of 2019. The album is genre-bending. It’s dreamy, noisy, dance-y and poppy with its roots deep in alternative rock. It’s a fun and intriguing listen that was worth the wait.
The album’s second track “Yamaduta” is an upbeat tune that sounds right in line with what was played on the airwaves back in the early 2000s. It does a great job of mixing pop with noise elements, adding feedback and reverse guitar to the song’s catchy melody and beat. It's a fun listen.
“Everything Barrows” utilizes an unusual time signature and brings in elements of post-rock with dreamy layered guitars and a syncopated beat. WINDOW successfully infuses static and distorted synth and bass to make the song wholly their own.
The album's highlight is the 11-minute track “Lost Weekend.” Its length is a testament to the track's quality because it flies by when listening. It’s cheery and dance-y, with a catchy vocal melody and hook. The swelling synths and guitars are mesmerizing during extended instrumental jams and provide a nice balance to the verses. WINDOW manages to fit feedback and reverse guitar seamlessly into the track. The performance itself is done tastefully and mixed beautifully.
It would have been interesting to hear some of the dreamier instrumental moments on Dopamine Glances drawn out in a way similar to the jams on “Lost Weekend.” Doing this would have made for some cool ambient moments. The instrumental moments throughout the album are excellent, but the majority of these moments are upbeat. I would like to hear what they can do with their talents in more subtle ways.
WINDOW deserves praise for persevering and completing Dopamine Glances. It took a long time, but the finished project is a polished and unique album. I’m looking forward to the next one.
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