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8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 07 November 2013
Here’s a debut 12” EP from Melbourne’s D.D Dumbo, aka Oliver Perry. It’s a beautifully presented white vinyl 12” containing five songs. Mr Dumbo sings in a silkily booming voice which soars like a cross between Jeff Buckley and Sandro Perri over some sparse but playful arrangements which straddle plaintive indiepop, sparse afrobeat touches and also a consistent dose of energy and quirkiness which really captures your imagination.
There are five songs on this EP, all with clever, detailed bedroom production which is bright and crisp but even at the poppiest moments have some jarring aspects to keep listeners on their toes. ‘60s-styled pop ballad ‘Crying’, for example, tempers its uplifting, angelic vocal melody with some crackling, hissing analogue dirt and touches of spluttering distortion. This is an intriguing EP and I’m curious to hear what this fella comes up with next.
8/10 Peter Customer review, 9th January 2014
Like many, 'Tropical Oceans' was my first real exposure to DD Dumbo, and a live experience at that. There is something soothing and engaging about that song that I could listen to it on repeat. Given my love for the song, it was only logical to seek out more of his work, and based off that song I went out on a limb to blind buy this EP. Initially I was expecting the rest of the EP to be in a similar vein to 'Tropical Oceans', and for the most part it does, particularly with 'I Woke Up Covered in Sand', 'Alihukwe' and the Roy Orbison cover 'Crying', which I feel does the original complete justice. The second track on the EP 'Dinghy' takes a much different approach to it's main single and the rest of the EP in that it's a lot more up beat and slightly erratic. It did spring LCD Soundsystem into mind. Overall I was very satisfied with the purchase, and very much look forward to a full length LP in the near future hopefully.
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