Dead White Males
(Life Would Be a Mistake)
2016
Crank this to 7.9 of 11
Genre:
Psychedelic rock
Sounds Like:
Cowboy Junkies, Black Math Horseman
The band name certainly peaked our interest to at least give this one a first go around. Since that first listen, the album has been in our rotation for several weeks and we must say is still growing on us. The five member crew consists of four alive and well white men and one very talented lead female. Dead White Males (DWM) has released their debut album Life Would Be a Mistake which enters a world of “Just Intonation” more specifically defined as “The musical system rejects the compromised tonality of Western music in favor of a beautiful, connected structure based on the fundamental principles of musical acoustics. Using fretless instruments and uncompromising dynamics”.

What you will discover is 50 minutes of pretty diverse atmospheric subtleties. DWM is patient in the sense that they do not rely on direct melodies, rather their song structures entail creeping build-ups and dark scenic journeys.

Track Listing:
1. Red to White to Black (12:21)
2. Xibalba (11:01)
3. Limit (9:24)
4. You Got Me, I’m Gone (7:51)
5. Sea of Locust (9:59)

What is the standout track on the album?
We found "Red to White to Black" to be the most emotionally charged of the lot. The track plays off some tremendous jazz-like percussion and contains some powerful build-up moments. The shoegaze-like guitar-work is downright impressive. Well worth your time.

Any flaws regarding the album?
We had this one in rotation for quite some time. There are several moments where the music becomes background wallflower music in form. This is not the style of music that will have you engrossed at every moment.

What adult beverage do we recommend while listening to this album?
We recommend a calming tea based drink and more specifically the Chamomile Toddy
1.5 oz. Brandy
½ oz. honey syrup (equal parts honey & warm water, stirred to combine)
Lemon wedge
Orange slice
Cinnamon stick
4 oz. hot brewed Chamomile tea
Grated nutmeg (optional)

Add first five ingredients to mug. Top with hot brewed Chamomile tea, and garnish with grated nutmeg (if desired).

Band Members:
Alasdair Kampff
Bleys Dunlop
Mike Huntt
Lake Montgomery
Iain Campbell

What are our final thoughts on Life Would Be A Mistake?
Like certain distinguished tea, this one is an acquired taste. After several listens it starts to make sense and aid in lowering your blood pressure. The fundamentals of “Just Intonation” albeit a new concept for us is quite prevalent in many ambient rock endeavors. Dead White Males differentiates themselves a bit by infusing psychedelic elements to their ambient and atmospheric ways. The album is certainly worth your time and a few rotations to uncover whether or not it will have medicinal effects for you. - 11/27/16

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