It would be easy to write most rock off with effects pedals as hopping on the Shoegaze bandwagon, but The Microdance, which now is just the brilliant Alex Keevil, is much more than that. The latest E.P., Urgency in Dead Air, is a fantastic fully realised collection of tracks. ‘Kid Got Luck’ opens the E.P., which driving drums, beautifully noisy guitars, and solid vocals. Feels like an early Smashing Pumpkins track if they went further with that sound. It’s also the shortest track on the E.P. (a “paltry” 3 mins and 47 secs).
The next track, ‘Spring Heeled Jack (a Diadem of Dead Stars and the Magic Bullet)’ pushes the rock to over 7 minutes. And by no means is it a dawdler. Fierce to sullen, and then back to fierce. Have to say I absolutely love the guitar work on this one.
From there, the tracks keep up the intensity (‘From Satan With Love’, ‘I am the Motherf***er (Hate Mail)’) before the sweet (can I call it sweet?) ‘Baby Ghost’. A beautiful, haunting track (no pun intended). Alex then takes us through which I would have picked as the album closer, ‘Moxie Moxie – Neon Pink on Black’. But hey, I’m not the artist here, just the listener. And the artist knows best.
The final track of the E.P., ‘Bad Luck in Slumberland (I’ve got so Much Love to Give but I’m too Tired)’ feels like a shimmering whirlpool, almost like it was tailor-made for the closing credits of a movie that decided to gut-punch your feelings and kick sand in it’s face.
Overall, a beauty of an album (my apologies, Canadianisms will pop up on these reviews once in a while). Grab it on Bandcamp, https://themicrodance.bandcamp.com/album/urgency-in-dead-air-2 , if it tickles your fancy. Check out their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/TheMicrodance
The Recovering Music Snob’s score: 8.5/10.