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Locals Only: New-ish Music From Dim Peaks, Ocher

Hello!  Look!  I'm trying to get my act together!  Two blogs in one week!  It's crazy talk!  So lets get to it!

I've been meaning to write about these two releases for a while now, and am just now getting around to it.  The first is the fantastic "Reason" by Dim Peaks, the new project by Fresno singer/songwriter Niilo Smeds!Easy going alt-folk with pulsing electric guitar to provide momentum.  Lilting, off kilter singing about the inevitability of change and the end of it all.  Maybe.  I'm pretty bad at this deciphering lyrics stuff.  One things for sure, this song is undeniably awesome.  Dim Peaks first album, Time of Joy, will be out September 3, 2013 through Gold Robot Records.
Next on the list is Greenland, the new two song EP from Visalia alt rockers Ocher!  Here's a video of the epic opener "Greenland", as provided by the lovely folks at the Screaming Rebels Network:Having followed these guys for a while, "Greenland" came as a big surprise.  It begins with the bands quintessential ambling 90's rock (which always pleases).  But at about the three minute mark, just around the time you expect the song to end, the band pivots, adding a new softly picked theme, which grows louder and more complex as it's repeated.  Before you know it, the song transforms into a bonified rocker, charging forward as guitar solos and an energetic rhythm section bang away.  Suddenly, the song climaxes, giving way to a soothing coda.  It's a great song.  And with the addition of the warmly acoustic "Cut", Greenland shows that Ocher isn't afraid to try new things. 

The EP's so far only available at shows, so keep a look out for their next gig!

Cristobal Carrillo
August 28, 2013

P.S.  Keep your eyes peeled September 3, 2013 for a little something something.  It usually comes out around this time of year. 


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