Now, some reviewers who like to write albums off after the first song (I admit, I might sometimes, especially when I don’t like it, but I try my hardest not to) will simply pass this off as being instrumental drone. That might be true for the first two songs, but by song number three we have vocals. This is why you need to stick these things out, people, and why I do because from here “Dead Souls” only gets better.
The vocals offer a more trippy, indie rock, shoegaze type of sound with a guitar loop and almost spoken word vocals on the third song. It has that Velvet Underground feel to it, but isn’t ripping them off. When we reach the song “Letter to Patrice” we get some lasers (Which live should come with an incredible light show) that I hear as a slow motion battle scene from Star Wars.
“Love is a cancer” (Which is a point I can somewhat agree with, except for, you know, the whole part about big pharmaceutical companies not wanting to cure love so as to make more money. Though I guess if loveless people found love, dating sites and books and all that would suffer, right?) has some somber and sad strings, which definitely makes this album go very quickly from being written off as one long drone sound to quite a bit of variety.
Regardless of where Not fade away is at in their musical journey, I am just glad to have listened to them now and look forward to more music by them as well as listening to these songs repeatedly.