Wednesday, June 9, 2010

On the Dial: Blizten Trapper

Destroyer of the Void by Blitzen Trapper
By Mr. Design Girl


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If Bob Dylan's John Wesley Harding had babies with Electric Light Orchestra's music catalogue, Destroyer of the Void would be their middle child, never getting enough attention or recognition.

Destroyer of the Void is like a trip back in time. The title track sets a mellow, folksy pace with acoustic guitars and keyboards playing a harpsichord melody. After listening to the song, it was hard to believe it was released in 2010 and not thirty-five or forty years ago.  That could be said for most of the album. "Dragon's Song" sounds like Creedance Clearwater Revival or the Allman Brothers Band with it's classic rock/Americana rhythms.  Johnny Cash would be proud of "The Tree", an excellent folk song featuring Alela Diane, a little known soloist with a pure classic folk sound that gives you a warm sunny feeling. Her voice hits you like streaks of sunlight coming through a willow tree on a hot summer day.

Bandleader and lead vocalist Eric Earley easily channeled classic rock and folk legends through his vocals. "The Tree" has him sounding almost precisely like Bob Dylan while "Laughing Lover" and "Below the Hurricane" could easily be mistaken for Tom Petty's crooning lyrics. "Love and Hate" could be sung by John Lennon OR Eric Earley and no one would be the wiser. By the way, the guitar and keyboard on "Love and Hate" are the best on the album so check that track out for sure!

Blitzen Trapper is quickly climbing the ranks of the indie scene. Not bad for a band that got their name from something printed on the side of a winnebago!

Sounds Like:
  Bob Dylan
  Johnny Cash
  Neil Young & Crazy Horse
  Creedance Clearwater Revival
  Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

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