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Kingdom of Dali

by Kingdom of Dali

Genre bending, adult angst, rock.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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1. Arrival
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2. Tubism
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3. Richard's Vacation
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4. Empty Minds
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5. Bitter
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6. Stepping Out
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7. Justa Girl
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8. Family
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9. Kid Gloves
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10. Smiles
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11. Driving On the Wrong Side
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12. Departure
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Album Notes
Once upon a time, Greg Malarkey and Marc Covert aka “Vert” decided to resurrect their partnership with Richard Hessian by rerecording some tracks to music that Richard, Greg and Vert had produced a thousand years ago. The idea was, they would save Richard's guitar and vocal tracks and lay down new tracks to complete the songs. These new “old” songs would then be sent to the lost band member, Richard, with high hopes of getting him back into the river and saving him from the LA lifestyle of good times and easy women.

To pull this off, Greg recruited Jon Boyd and Fletcher Barber to lay down some guitar and keyboard tracks against Richard's old tracks. Jon, while not thrilled with this, agreed because he got to play with a kit drummer. In the midst of the project, the hard drive with the old tracks sputtered and died in a most heinous manner... much to Jon's relief.

Jon, Vert, Fletcher and Greg realized that it simply wasn't meant to be. But they had a lot of fun making noise together and decided to continue.

In the middle of all of this, Greg and his daughter headed off to Ireland for a 10-day tour. After the tour of Ireland they hit London, and Greg's daughter, who was more than fed up with her Dad's antics, bailed, leaving Greg unsupervised in London for a long weekend...

Upon return, Greg suggested a musical project loosely based upon that trip.

They strayed from this idea a bit, but hey.

And the Kingdom of Dali was born.

Key songwriters Jon and Greg realized early on that, due to a lack of time and the need for gainful employment, they needed to take one musical idea at a time, beating it into the ground mercilessly until such time as they had recorded a "keeper". This was dubbed the “Battle of Twitching Horse”. As explained by Vert, “The song is not finished until a cattle prod to the dead horse's balls produces not so much as a twitch”.

In this process typical songwriting methods and strict adherence to genre were low on the priority list, resulting in songs that often have points of familiarity but take myriad turns and twists.

The backbone tracks of all songs were recorded live with the intention of creating and capturing a more organic feel to the music. Greg, the band's lyricist, would often form lyrical ideas and structural concepts during the recording of the backbone instrumental tracks. These tracks were not recorded in isolation, but at the same time in a common room. Additional tracks were added later.

Jon, Greg, Vert, and Fletcher were joined by Rudy to help create greater vocal dimension. Rudy also holds the distinction of being the only band member to have brought in a finished song, "Family."

From time to time, friends dropped by toting various instruments and implements. These visits changed the course of the music.

Bruce Beaton, talented percussionist and mouth harp player, joined in on "Family" and "Empty Minds."

Anton Pace, chef by day, bass player by night, shows up on "Kid Gloves."

Richard, the reason all of this started, ended up being dragged out of LA after all, and joined in on "Justa Girl" and "Richard's Vacation."

No names were changed to protect anyone, harm came to no small animals, unheard trees did not fall over in the forest, that we know of, in the making of this album.

Lyrics can be found here (see Album notes);

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BB Blimpton

Adult angst at its finest!
BB Blimpton
Puddletown Music News

Kingdom of Dali
Self Released 2012

Kingdom of Dali - take a dash of post rock, slap on a bit of blues influences and then dip it in adult angst, sprinkle lightly with pop, blend. Then Purée it with jazz to a surf beat....

Well, so much for putting them in a box.

Being a music reviewer means you get to listen to a lot of music. Once in a great while you get to be taken on a trip by an album. The self tilted new album from Kingdom of Dali does just that.

Out the gate they played with the listener's preconceptions. Arrival, the album's opener, captures the excitement, stress, and confusion that is the beginning of a trip to a place that blends the familiar with the unique. Departure the last song on the album, embodies the thrill of the almost finished trip, with the prickly exhaustion of the ride home.

While it isn't uncommon for artist to switch genre in a song, and Kingdom of Dali does this nicely with Driving on the Wrong Side, where they slip effortlessly between rock, country and Reggie. The main thrust of the album, is much better described as genre bending.

Justa Girl, the pop standout, morphs into a harder rocker. Smiles, where 50's club jazz meets a surf rock beat that transforms into a rock tune. And then there is Pace's song, Family, which at first blush simply does't belong on this album.

On Family, Pace's almost childlike vocals crash against the hard surface of the lyrics in the album's only acoustical piece. As she sings about the disfunction of her family accompanied by Kazoo and ukulele, the listener is compelled to retrench. The song then slips into a beer hall sing-along. Nuff said.

The breath that Family forces the listener to take, sets them up up for the "disappearing down the rabbit hole act" of the second half of the album.

The stand out song is Empty Minds. Beaton's blues tinged harmonica work plays off Boyd's guitar and provides a great place to nestle Malarkey's vocals. While Paces' ethereal touches balances out the power of the piece.

Overall, Kingdom of Dali is a fun ride, that takes the listener out for a spin.

Rating: 5 Raindrops