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Artist: The Occasion
Date Released: October 19, 2004
Label: Say Hey
- The Midwife
- A Dulcimer's Fancy
- I Can't Stop Falling
- Easy Away
- The Deserters
- Smoke and Mirrors
So, if you are like me and like to judge an album by its artwork, then the desolate deserts that cover The Occasion’s self-titled release you will be thinking, wow, this must be vast, brooding and slightly boring rock that is more ambitious than the inhabitants can really fulfill. You were thinking that too!!!?? Well then, you are exactly right. The press release says that their “music, although, by definition psychedelic rock, evidences a greater concern for melodic and harmonic flow…” Well I do not know when Webster died and placed them in charge, but this is far from psychedelic, save the 10 minute track 8 which is the best cut on here. It does, on the other hand, place concentration on melodic and harmonic flow with the constant piano lines and spacey guitars. If you need indie cred, they are from NY and have opened for Interpol, TV on the Radio and The Unicorns. It’s not bad, but needs more depth, maybe some gold-seeking settlers in their desert (bad pun, i know). Side note – track 6 makes me want to scream WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol style. Mpardaiolo