Ocie Elliott – Slow Tide
Aerosmith may be all about their “don’t bore us, get to the chorus” strategy and KISS will be busy playing their huge catalogue of hits on stadiums just as soon as the world opens up again.
Folk artists though, if they’re good, get the luxury of playing with time, silence and people’s feelings. Music fans have that kind of trust in them. It’s likely developed through the honest, poetic, emotional work of people like Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Townes van Zandt. Now, Ocie Elliott is asking for that trust, and he may well deserve it.
Slow Tide, as the name might get you guessing, is a song reluctantly exposing itself in the shadow of melancholy piano lines, reverb guitar fills and heartbreaking vocals. The folk duo has created a dark, passionate tune and they’re looking only for deep relationships with fans ready to commit.
DOMS – Night Man
DOMS’ Night Man may be a new song, but it sounds just like the moment when the hippies finally decided to give up on their mumbo-jumbo about love, peace and mental expansion and decided to get dark and druggy just as fate intended for them all along.
This is technically a psychedelic-rock tune, I suppose. You can practically smell the skunk through the speaker. Yet, the tune has the energy of punk rock. It’s not great production and that sounds to have been done on purpose. It’s like a bunch of unreformed hippies moving next door and scaring the straight-laced neighbours.
Night Man snaps back like someone getting ready to unscrew some teeth loose. Production is not exactly the first thing on this band’s mind. Garage rock annihilation is. Raucous, harsh, and sounding as if it’s playing at the neighbor’s upstairs, DOMS got a handle on this rock n’ roll business.