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by Full

Avant-poppy, jazzy, unsubtlely funky chamber rock
Genre: Electronic: Funk
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1. Dimstar FULL
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2. One/o/7 FULL
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3. Money 3.1 FULL
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4. Been Had FULL
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5. Parachute FULL
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6. Numbers and Weather FULL
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7. Mourning After FULL
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8. Break FULL
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9. Allergic FULL
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10. Trip Up FULL
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11. Flit FULL
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12. Still FULL
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13. Tiptoes FULL
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Music is always more important than biography, and what really matters is that great music gets made, not who makes it. We're about the sound, first and always, slathering texture onto depth, bumping backsides into seething and acoustics into meaning at risk-taking venues hopefully near you. Imagine drum n' bass, jazz, and rock in heat, a menage a trois of genres embodied through electronic and acoustic drums, bass, cello, vibraphone, trumpet, and female vocals. Imagine a sound so eclectic that no libido escapes its wake. If anything else sounded like FULL, we wouldn't bother. But nothing does, so join us in birthing a sonic novelty so limber that it's softer than silk and eats rock n' roll for breakfast. Listen...


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John Wenzel

perfectly moody and moodily perfect...
This Ann Arbor, Michigan band jam-packs their songs with a sublime mix of acoustic jazz instruments and electronic bleeps, nearly muscling out the ethereal female vocals that serve as its reference point.

Too diverse (and good) to be saddled with the outdated term "trip hop," Dimstar instead straddles all kinds of genres (hip hop, Eastern, jazz, pop) without settling on a singular sound. Gorgeously produced cello and horns augment spry drumming like splashes of color in a black and white photo. Nuanced, experimental tracks such as "One/O/7" and the glitchy "Parachute" are given ample breathing room with shorter instrumentals like "Money3.1" and "Still." Beth Gibbons, Bjork and Prefuse 73 are appropriate comparisons, but the music's sheer organic intensity is warmer than those artists imply.

If the high-register female vocals and ornery structures don't throw you off, this is an album well worth riding into the sunset, perfectly moody and moodily perfect.


“…the most innovative band I’ve heard come out of Michigan.”
According to the respected michiganbands.com, Full are rated as “…the most innovative band I’ve heard come out of Michigan.”

Certainly, album reviews are normally drawing comparisons with particular established bands, and classifying the album’s genre, like a musical librarian.

With “Dimstar”, Full have set a difficult task. The album is so diverse, and the sounds so distinctive, that individual genres are too specific to satisfy the cause.

Dimstar loosely sits inbetween alternative rock and blues of the soulful, jazz bar type. Instruments include warm vibraphones and cellos, cutting trumpet, drums and pads, and of course Ms Wing’s reaching, distressing, and very sincere vocals.

“Please hear my whispers to you;
There’s so much I want to say”

The extract from “Mourning After” encapsulates the album here, and Ms Wings delivers a song that echoes hurt and pain.

“Break” follows, and in contrast, the music is light drum and bass, with discordancy.

Significant tracks are “Dimstar”, “Parachute” and “Mourning After”. Several musical interludes dissect the album, and vary from the strong “Money3.1” to the unsettling “Allergic”.

Some poignant lyrics naturally occur throughout the album, but have meaning defined by Ms Wing’s sincerity in delivering them:

“Life tries to trip you up, when all you’re trying/
To do is keep your head up life tries to f*ck you up”

The innovation as defined by Michiganbands.com relies heavily on the contrasting styles of music in each track. Like a late van Gogh painting, lyrical colours blur, but yet form a lucid picture of a troubled soul.

Full have a strong offering in Dimstar, but it relies heavily on the listener observing a dedication and trust to examine the completed whole, rather than judge from one track.

Dimstar sound more than pale and interesting here, and deserve at least a gaze in their direction.