Dallas Orbiter

DALLAS ORBITER
Motorcycle Diagrams
Princess Records

From the outset of "Caspian," the opening track on Dallas Orbiter's sophomore effort, this album fairly gleams. The band has been (and will likely continue to be) compared to space rock in the Bowie vein. That's a fair assessment, but they're far less theatrical and light years from being a facsimile (no pun intended). The sci-fi references pop up here and there ("Hallelujah, the Jetpack Dandies," sounds like a long lost track from Bowie's Aladdin Sane), but often the lyrics seem rooted more in Greek mythology than anything else ("Brow of Zeus," "The Damocles File"), and there is more than a smidgeon of Pink Floyd-esque spaced-out weirdness present throughout, owing to the copious use of a Farfisa organ.

I don't mean to describe an album that would appeal only to the hardest-core vinyl nerds and career potheads. To the contrary, Motorcycle Diagrams is immensely listenable and more than a little glossy—but that gloss is nicked and pockmarked enough to keep the listener engaged through to the denouement. Each song has its own unique richness and texture, from the Queens of the Stone Age-tinged "Ampbuzz Is for Lovers" to the haunting, electronica-bruised, quasi-murder ballad "The Dawn & Jitters." "The Damocles File," in particular, seems ripe for radio play, though the album as a whole is bursting at its edges with some of the catchiest hooks I have come across in a long while. We're only a few weeks into '08, but this is already a contender for one of the year's best local albums.

 
My Voice Nation Help
0 comments
 

Concert Calendar

  • April
  • Mon
    21
  • Tue
    22
  • Wed
    23
  • Thu
    24
  • Fri
    25
  • Sat
    26
  • Sun
    27
Minnesota Event Tickets
Loading...