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Dolorean - Black Hills Gold

Dolorean in-studio, 12-8-10

Recording engineer: Steven Kray, with technical assistance from Randy Layton

We re-feature our session from earlier in the year with Dolorean.The Portland band fronted by the singing and songwriting of Al James joins us for an interview and performances of songs from The Unfazed, their first release on the Partisan label issued in January.

While both its history and its content may suggest that this, the band’s fourth full-length, was hard-fought (they scrapped its original take halfway through the recording), one listen makes it seem otherwise. Dolorean’s latest flows by effortlessly on the familiar croon of James, while musically it’s perhaps a less quiet and monochromatic collection than we’ve heard from them in the past. Bits of guitar psychedelia, keyboard effects and drumsticks where once were brushes provide the perfect backdrop for these songs, which suggest a certain defiance in the face of turbulence— unfazed, indeed.

Video: Jarrat Taylor / Anthony DelCalzo

Photos:  Inger Klekacz— see the entire set here

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