Jan 3, 2011
Domo - S/T
A new year, and a new band: Domo! I was not familiar with the band, but according to the bio sheet they formed in January 2010. Hailing from Spain, these musicians “[practice] psycodelic [sic] and electrifying rock Domo [building] its foundations on experimentation and psychedelia. Using the classic structures of Hard Rock as a starting point they run through a wide variety of musical styles.” Actually, this record is their 2nd album, because the accompanying information sheet mentions a first record in August 2010. I couldn’t find it. iTunes didn’t get the track titles of Domo’s 2nd release, so I’m stuck with track number 1 through 7. As I was listening to the intro I was thinking, when will the vocals kick in? They do, but very sparingly. I think that’s a shame, because the music delivered on this sophomore disc isn’t that interesting or engaging to hold ones attention for one listen.
So, using Hard Rock as a starting point, they run through a wide variety of musical styles. Well, I don’t think that’s exactly true. There is one musical style they practice, and that’s just rock. To warrant the inclusion of other musical styles would be too much of an honor I think. It’s plain (light) psychedelic rock, but certainly no kraut rock. I have relistend to a lot of Neu!, Hawkwind, Faust, Can, Cluster, Harmonia lately, and as I was listening to these bands I couldn’t help but notice what a wonderfully rich, exciting musical time it was when these aforementioned bands happened. I saw Cluster a couple of years ago, and still Roedelius and Moebius are way out there. Sometimes the moniker kraut rock is used to pinpoint a certain spacy psychedelic sound, but in my opinion kraut rock’s essence is often a certain mix of electronic driven ‘beats’ (but not quite nowadays ‘beats’) coupled to vanguard psychedelic rock elements and progressive elements. The name kraut rock is quite generic of course, and the hallmarks are still able to surprise me when they move along my iTunes lists or when they cross my turntable. My ‘take’ on kraut rock is of course formed by those bands I like to listen to, and it’s therefore limited to my own taste and comparisons to other musical styles.
According to Domo, they “make music using dark riffs, trying to create intense atmospheres.” That’s not exactly true either, because I can honestly not find anything dark in their riffing. The mentioned intense atmospheres are of course open to each’s interpretations, but what I hear are basically soundscapes, which could easily function as a soundtrack.
I don’t know exactly what to tell you more. The music is okay when looked at it objectively, but – and I know I used this argument times before – there are a LOT of great bands out there, so as listeners we can’t help but compare the albums of new bands to an already high standard. In my opinion, more vocals would help a lot. Plus, the tracks take too long to actually get somewhere, so you’d have to have a pretty ‘long’ attention span to get into the tracks before something interesting happens. They are skilled musicians I think, and they have the sound right, and I look forward to a next release. I’m interested in the way Domo will develop their sound. There is a ‘hidden’ track at the end of track number 7, and that’s actually the track I like the best: it’s raw, it’s heavy and it feels authentic. If Domo would set itself to make more of these heavy ass tracks, we would all be happy pandas.
You can watch some sweet live material here: Domo's YouTube Channel
Review Written By Sandrijn van den Oever
6 / 10
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