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Review: Dash – And Then There Were None

June 26, 2013 by Kim Lajoie

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Before the music even comes on, the artwork is exquisite. It somehow manages to blend hints of celtic carvings and the starry sky, all with an organic handmade feel. It sets the scene for a piece of work that has obviously had a great deal of care and love in its making.

The EP opens simply enough with just Sarah-Rose’s gentle voice accompanied with a banjo. As backing vocals and additional percussion weave in to the texture of the song, however, the song builds and becomes richer and more colourful.

After the first track’s dramatic build, Dig brings the vibe back down to earth with a solid unadorned drum beat, hesitant electric guitar and Sarah-Rose in storytelling mode. The song flows more gently – like river or a road trip. The climax of the song kicks it into high gear for a bit, but the song still retains its steady pace.

With its offbeat kick drum and muted bass, Beware starts with a dark tension that – unfortunately – lets up after only about 30 seconds. Even though the rhythm section continues in the same style throughout the song, the guitar and some of the vocal melodies dilute the tension. It’s still a great song, just held back by what it could have been.

Tapdance closes the album with a laid-back bluesy song… until the overdriven guitar comes crashing in halfway through. The interplay of the guitar and drums is just wonderful.

Overall, the EP is a great great selection of songs that stand together – diverse enough to show a broad creative range, yet with enough common threads to make sense as a single body of work. And Then There Were None is a joy to listen to. It’s clear, consistent and creative. With this release, Dash show that they’re ready to take their music to the next level. Hopefully a full album is in the pipeline. Additional kudos to producer Col Leadbetter for helping the band put together such an accomplished piece of work.

Take a closer listen at http://musicofdash.com

The views expressed in this article are the views of the author and not necessarily the views of Melting Pot.

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Kim Lajoie

Kim writes about the human side of music production (attitudes, psychology, workflow, etc) on his blog (blog.kimlajoie.com) and other websites. He also teaches music composition at Monash University and runs the record label Obsessive Music.

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