2017-12-24 07:39:03 UTC
Davenport Rex is a Motor City duo focused on progressive compositions that develop themes, explore alternative chord progressions and song forms. They strive for accessible melodies and meaningful lyrics, and they encourage you to listen multiple times to get the most from the songs. The band members are Dave Gillespie and Jim Murphy (featuring vocal work from Danielle Blanchard), and they go back to the Music Program at Michigan State University. They have been writing and playing music for many years - They work slowly with a lot of attention to arrangements, instrumentation and performances.
The band’s second studio album stands out as a comprehensive collection of rock songs with a diverse and experimental edge.
Davenport Rex is a music project based in Detroit, Michigan. Their sound is diverse and challenging, yet accessible and appealing. The band’s music stands out as a combination of tasteful progressive rock, with shades of various influences, ranging from alternative to symphonic hard rock, just to mention a few.
“Deux” is the most recent studio effort from the band, and it is a collection of 10 brand new tracks. With their second release, the group set out to create an intricate sound that marks significant development and growth. Opening track, “Shine”, immediately stands out for the beautiful relationship between the fascinating guitar arpeggios and the drum patterns, which lock in together perfectly. The evolving song structure is the first hint of the band’s progressive nature, which shines through even more on other tracks, such as “Bonfires” or “Someday”. On the album, there is also room for melancholic ballads such as “Stolen Heart”, which is filled with lush textures and amazing atmospheres.
One of my favorite songs on the album is certainly “Day After Day”, which strikes me as a perfect combination of the band’s most accessible songwriting and their most experimental nature. “This Old House” is another musical moment that’s worthy of being mentioned as a highlight of this album. The second track of this release is particularly striking, because the vocals have a great rock edge, yet the track has a mid-tempo mood that echoes some of the best alternative rock groups out there, including Pearl Jam or Alice In Chains, just to mention a few.
In conclusion, there are many progressive rock groups out there who try to channel different influences. The endeavor can be risky at times, because attempts at creating diverse music can sometimes fall off the mark and turn into pure indulgence. On the other hand, Davenport Rex truly managed to capture something of value with their new work, creating a genuinely kaleidoscopic collection of music that’s fun to listen to.
- Shine - 04:56
- This Old House - 04:49
- Someday - 05:04
- Lullaby - 02:57
- Bonfires - 06:47
- I'm Waiting - 05:06
- Day After Day - 05:32
- Stolen Heart - 02:58
- So Sorry - 04:40
- Simple Love - 03:58
alternative, prog, rock, symphonic
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