Saturday, January 19, 2019

"Dark Matter" by blendo rockers The Pleasant Tense is dense and rich and tastes so good

The single Dark Matter from the recently released album "I Haven't Been Feeling Like Myself As of Lately" by Nashville's (by way of Columbus, Ohio) The Pleasant Tense is stacked full of celebratory sounds blending rock, R&B, Neo Soul, post punk, funk, jazz and fusion into a heady mix. Dreamy piano flourishes dance in and out of dissonance, bass side stepping and filling in the spaces, drum shifts and soulful vocals. IF this wasn't enough to satiate you it all feels kind of filtered through an avant garde sense of experimental rock fusion and a broad cherry picking of influences from the 50's (maybe even 40's) to now. I thought of iconic artists from Roberta Flack to Curtis Mayfield to May Blitz to Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings to Radiohead.
The Pleasant Tense centers around songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Kevin Skubak and singer -writer Marnee Richardson. The creative relationship runs deep growing out of Skubak's solo projects and dense self produced work (check out the bio here).  Look for "I Haven't Been Feeling Like Myself As of Lately" on Itunes, Bandcamp, Spotify and other digital platforms.

Robb Donker

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