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EP REVIEW: The Joint Compound - Please Don't Leave Get Out (EP)

by: Cyrus Rhodes

 

"Orvik is the new Beck"

- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST-

 

 

 

 

 

Artist/Band: The Joint Compound

Album: Please Don’t Leave Get Out (EP)
Label: Danger Dog Records
Website: http://www.thejointcompound.com/

Genre: Psychedelic Rock, Alternative Rock, Punk
Sounds Like: Beck, David Byrne, Cake, The Flaming Lips

Technical Grade: 8/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Commercial Value: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 8/10
Songwriting Skills: 8/10
Performance Skill: 8/10
Best Songs: I’m Gonna' Miss You, Hold Your Ground

Weakness:  EP release, a few winded songs

CD REVIEW:

The Joint Compound is an interesting project based out of California featuring Daniel Orvik, who used to be in the band Stars of Track and Field. Citing his own words: For my first record I felt it necessary to mine, dig up and then chop up some feelings I've felt after getting dumped by record labels, managers, sadly parting ways with my longtime bandmates, relationships gone south, friends and loved ones dying. To create music that allowed me to express my desire to reside in some barely cozy place.. far from boring, but not completely insane.. deep enough to stretch my legs but also shallow enough for me to somehow breathe.. A record that would allow me to move forward without looking back. this latest EP is entitled "Please Don't Leave Get Out." (Danger Dog).

The EP methodically takes to flight with soothing intro piece “I’m Gonna' Miss You.” This song serves up infectious musical ambience against mesmerizing vocals, hypnotic lyrical content and dynamic rhythms that gently lead you by the hand down the path of trippy musical indulgence. Track 2 “Neverending Fuckaround” shifts gears a bit with its trippy electronica groove, impressive ambient touches and accents painted against a grand mosaic of soundscapes. The striking vocals on this piece brilliantly move like an ocean across the ears. Track 3 “Hold Your Ground” is an impressive electro-earthy piece that is quite dynamic, full of musical peaks and valleys that flow and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. This piece is remarkably striking to the ears as well with its Alternative Rock touches and hypnotic groove. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of a classic Beck, Cake, Dinosaur Jr. David Byrne, and Shawn Mullins, however I can even hear brief flashes of Death Cab for Cutie and The Flaming Lips. I would classify this music as trippy Singer/Songwriter, Punk, Alternative Rock with an Indie College Rock flair. I can also hear experimental music with classic remnants of Dub, Alternative Rock, and even Chill. The EP presents brilliant flashes of theatrical ambience and artistic perspective. You will also notice rich layers of ambient instrumentation layered along the way full of dynamic sequencing, melodic soundscapes, sporadic percussion, rhythm guitar, piano, solo guitar, harmonies, keyboards, organs, low end beats, sonic vocals, exotic sound effects and enticing melodies. Orvik showcases impressive singing and songwriting skills throughout. His musicianship and compositions are pretty solid across the board as Orvik clearly proves himself as a composer with this release. He’s got solid instincts as a Producer. I will add that he recorded, Mixed and Produced this EP all by himself. From dynamic “Take Control” this EP has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with “Rock in a Quarry” and “Trophy in the Sky”, the perfect finale statement for an EP of this caliber.  

Many pieces are winded presenting excessive musical meandering. It’s fair to say some songs have excessive intros, outros, solo segments. All songs over 4 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. Though this is an impressive debut effort by Orvik, however he needs to upgrade his overall mix just a tad. Some aspects of the mix are amateurish and a bit off kilter. At the end of the day it’s a bit all over the place, however, it’s one of the best solo mixing efforts I’ve heard in quite some time. I typically deduct 1 star for EP release. The Full Length release is the most complete snapshot to judge an artist by at any given time.

The Joint Compound's latest EP entitled "Please Don't Leave Get Out"  is a compelling musical journey, and Daniel Orvik is a fascinating Composer/Artist. Its strong suit is it’s amazing sonic ambience and song for song musical flow. Orvik gets high marks from me for his brilliant musical transitions and connecting passages - nice touch. This EP will be a real joy for those listeners out there who want flowing trippy ambience to fill their sonic space peacefully and unobtrusively. This progressive somewhat trippy format makes for a great extended play experience. I recommend you just hit play, close your eyes and see where the journey takes you. This EP feels like a musical journey and will work best when experienced in that capacity. So if you’re looking for a psychedelic musical experience with sonic ambience, theatrical brilliance and a psychedelic rock aftertaste, then I highly recommend you take a listen to The Joint Compound's latest EP entitled "Please Don't Leave Get Out."    

Cyrus Rhodes