Dolly Rocker Movement

Our Days Mind the Tyme

by Stephen Haag

22 March 2010

 
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Our Days Mind the Tyme

(Bad Afro)
US: 22 Feb 2010
UK: 22 Feb 2010

A quick peek at Australian fivesome the Dolly Rocker Movement’s album titles gives a pretty good idea of where these guys’ heads are at: 2006’s two-fer Electric Sunshine and Purple Journey Into the Mod Machine and the new Our Days Mind the Tyme (released in ‘09 by Australian label Off the Hip; now seeing U.S./U.K. release on Bad Afro) could easily have been nicked from a Fading Yellow or Rubble psychedelic ‘60s comp. DRM’s in the here and now—at least according to the calendar—though in its mind it’ll always be 1968. Opener “The Only One” is psychedelic drone, though with a light touch, and prickly guitar; “A Sound for Two”, a waltz fueled by violin and harpsichord, nails the old-school psych aesthetic in a way its present-day peers often miss: There’s more to this stuff than just a Hammond organ and a fuzzbox. DRM has done its homework, and even mix things up with some surf/horror-garage vibes on “Coffin Love” and “Memory Layne” (surely Arnold’s regrettably named cousin), respectively. If you’re allergic to psychedelic purple pronouncements (“In the darkest night / I can see you through the hands of time”), you’ll need to steer clear, but the rest of us have a new, reliable psych fix.

Our Days Mind the Tyme

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