Dew Dripping From The Foliage

If I may get away with using the word ‘mud’ as a positive thing; Deer Park’s new album is coated in it. ‘Caked’ would be better, maybe, if delicateness wasn’t key in conveying Walk Into The Sea’s translation of the earthy smell of swampy foliage that only rarely does empower sodden dirt. Whether or not they were trying to sound like the rainforest floor is another thing – as is the case of what exactly it sounds like to you – but the point stands that Deer Park are a band who design their music to remind the senses. Nick Walsh’s ethereal hollers, Mark Brenndorfer’s intelligently layered percussion and Shannon Walsh’s droning electronic haze are all partly responsible – but together, they remind us that in spite of Che Fu, these are what real misty frequencies are.

This is the result of several months of hard work by Deer Park and the many friends, family and supporters that make up Mole Music. Several months has gone a long way, too. You’ll understand what I mean at one of their live shows, where the only thing coming from the stage besides music is the refinement of thought processes into an inspiration for the universal language of awe. And while ‘awe’ for me means scrabbling to translate my rapture into unnecessary big words, for you it will mean more than enough reason to find out when their next show is. Or this time, allow yourself to be taken in by Deer Park at their most finely tuned – Walk Into The Sea.

The album holds up well in the way of sleepy sensuality. But instead of having a continual peaked interest, just as a neighbour’s conversation will intrigue you nearly as much as it keeps you from rest, Walk Into The Sea doesn’t trouble you with enough pulse to keep it alive. So while your imagination may be taken by Deer Park’s solemn textures, your ears could slip a little too comfortably to rest without something to guide them. Still, it’s about the senses, and those who keep their focus on the music will pick up fresh changes at every bend. The lifting dynamics of ‘When In New York’, for instance, are coupled with a moment of instrumental inspiration when a lone trumpet somehow manages to feel more at home with a cascading keyboard symphony than its brothers. Even still, the album is richly arranged enough to hide several sneaky features beneath its unassuming production that you may not hear upon first listen.

You can download/stream Walk Into The Sea on Deer Park’s Bandcamp page.

Deer Park Album Release Show
Friday, November 26-  Whammy Bar, Auckland
with: Seth Frightening, Ghost Wave, Sam Hamilton and Mr Hayday

Posted by Nick Fulton under Auckland, New Zealand
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