TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011 |
Posted by: Elana Ehrenberg
With their fifth studio album, Austin garage rock outfit White Denim have managed to capture the essence of all things summer (a time of sun, BBQs, and best of all, outdoor music festivals). If you can't make it to any of the dozens of festivals this summer, you're in luck. The psychedelic, vintage rock of White Denim will make you reminisce about the summer of 67 (or maybe it was 76?) as they take you down a seemingly familiar path, simultaneously teasing every sense you have about what to expect.
D is less of an album about individual tracks, and more of a sort of long-form jam session. Each song flows into the next with almost no hesitation, so much so that once you've reached the end (it clocks in at about a half hour), you're left wondering what happened.
It has a homegrown sense to it too — organically White Denim — and with the band's DIY philosophy of home-recording this isn't surprising. The vocals from lead singer James Petralli are slightly laidback, and somehow sprightly at the same time. His entrancing voice comes through best on their single, "Drug", which is catchy, trippy, and above all, appropriately titled.
The band's recent addition of guitarist Austin Jenkins adds a whole new layer to White Denim's sound. Their typically intense use of looping is explorative and free-spirited, creating new dimensions both rhythmically and melodically. Tracks like "River to Consider", which features some intense flute improvisation, and "At The Farm", which is solely instrumental, help realize the most important aspect of the album; White Denim is fun. They enjoy what they're doing, and subsequently, so do we.