Saturday, February 2, 2008

Dom Mariani - Homespun Blues and Greens

2004 solo release! Dom Mariani, DM3/The Someloves/The Stems, has just released a new solo album and, simply, it`s his strongest, most consistent effort yet. What does it sound like? Well, a classic DM3 sound, matured, evolved. (it`s not another surf-y album like his last solo release, btw...) It`s a is a soulful mix of pop and rock, touching on more personal themes while always staying true to the music and sounds Dom has created over the years. Recorded in Perth and the US his debut long player was mixed by longtime collaborator and producer Mitch Easter (REM, Let`s Active) at his Fidelitorium Studio in Kenersville, North Carolina.

Self produced and with the help of close musical friends Homespun Blues And Greens is the debut Dom Mariani long player fans have been waiting for. From the brass driven opener Homespun Blues, latin tinged pop of "Make the Leap", the rootsy slide of "Out of Reach", the catchy, power pop elegance of tracks like "Yuri", "Busride" and Cold Cup, Beatllesque stylings on "Prove" and more, and through to the albums haunting closer "When it Ends". It all sees an artist who through a 20 year career come full circle to create a debut of lasting impact. With a voice which has become more self assured and characteristic over the years, Dom Mariani`s progression from band leader to solo artist comes as only to further consolidate his position as one of Australia`s most enduring proponents of guitar pop.

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