Dinosaur Bones - My Divider
Dinosaur Bones have made quite the name for themselves on the Toronto scene in a very short time. That's caused anticipation to be very high for My Divider, the five-pieces' forthcoming album (out March 8th).
That buzz is part of what makes My Divider an incredibly frustrating record. The album shows only flashes of brilliance amongst a field of bland stoner indie rock.
Tracks like "Making Light", "Sharks In the Sand", and "Highwire Act" are psychedelic rock trips of the most generic kind. "Life In Trees" could be hypnotic if the band had pushed it. They didn't, and instead the song is the aural equivalent of anesthesia. The band sound confident on the loose jam "Hunters", but the resulting track comes across more like a Trail Of Dead outtake than anything memorable from a vital new band.
Once you've given up nearly all hope for the album, you're struck with some near-genius. The bold refrain of "N.Y.E." will sail its way into your brain, making it nearly impossible to shake. The band strikes up a bones-rattling funky groove on "Royalty". They tone things down to great effect on "Ice Hotels", conveying a stark sense of desolation.
My Divider shows us glimpses of promise. However, they are far too few and far between to keep from getting lost amid the forgettable, monochrome nothingness that is the bulk of the album.
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