Jacksonville’s Emperor X has been around for over a decade, and during this period he has been very productive. Emperor X is the solo project of Chad Matheny, despite the fact that it could be mistaken for a thrash group whose collective age was less than forty. “A Violent Translation of The Concordia Headscarp” starts out with a really pretty guitar part placed over a very interesting rhythmic part that sounds like layered clapping. Chad’s vocals work incredibly well over the light instrumentation. The song’s chorus succeeds in being both compelling and catchy at the same time, which is a rare feat. It’s hard not to hum along with the tune, and with every play, it gets more engaging.
The Islander had a few preconceptions of what Dunes would be, considering the fact that one third of the band, Kate Hall, was in Mika Miko. Before hearing anything by the group, The Islander made the assumption that Dunes would be aggressive and noisy. In reality they are the opposite. They sound like an early 60s girl group whose music was produced and mixed in the 80’s. The track, “Handle”, layers Tranquil vocals over very a new romanticy 80’s sounding guitar and a very simple drum part. The harmonies in the song sound very Sleater Kinney inspired, and the washy production reminds the Islander a lot of the new Abe Vigoda material. At the end of the day, the song is very enjoyable and hopefully foreshadowing good things to come from Dunes.
Handle – Dunes
Thesaurus Club is kind of a mystery, and all The Islander knows about them is that they are British and joined myspace in late 2006. Despite the fact that there is a disappointing shortage of facts about the group, their music is still really able to connect with. Their harmonies are complex, but not convoluted. Everything about Thesaurus Club’s sound is very natural, nothing about their music sounds at all forced. “today tomorrow wednesday” is a really calm song that’s sort of, just, I guess, charming.