Dilly Dally are back with their grungy Heaven, freshly released on September 14th. It is the second album for the Toronto-based quartet, three years after the debut ‘Sore’.
As per all kinds of freshman-sequel works, the dilemma between stylistic rupture and continuity may peek subconsciously. In this case the two prongs interact giving some preference to the new- route-expression-mode.
The album’s vibe reflects remarkable internal variations, blending electrical bursts of voice and sound. No need to stress that the celestially raucous vocals by Katie Monk are central: her singing wit is perfectly infused with powerful moments of alt-hard-rock, merging bare virtuosity by the means of guitars and bass action.
At times the lyrical content points to thematic contrasts, throughout vivid depictions of unexpected epiphanies. Suspended into a sort of embracing presence, bringing in continuous oscillations between flying-away lightness and pain-like depths. This work is coherent in its clashes of musical narration, chord-induced screaming, lightening of sound and sung caresses.
In the opening piece, I feel free, the instrumental breaks fit powerfully among the verse-explosions. After a soft intro, the alternate singing timbres announce vocal metamorphosis and set clear expectations for the following eight tracks. Drum progression and bass frequencies close it all, on a strong note.
Doom continues the drawing along the same lines in a mix of alt-metal, paralleled in structure by Believe and then almost reversed once a sinister riff wanders around Sober Motel. In Pretty Cold the exceptional guitars smell like some very unplugged spirit, whereas Bad Biology is reflective, preparing the ground for the number’s finale.
Heaven wraps up the album naming it, as a narrative manifesto. Its musical versatility travels from indie to metal and back, stunningly other all the time, capturing you in a sort of spatial void, just filled with sound. In a magic trick, it evaporates in a sudden silence you want to escape in a hurry. Then you play it all again, immediately.
In October Dilly Dally are landing in Europe, performing gigs in Berlin, Rotterdam, Brussels and Paris. These concerts are then followed by a double feature scheduled in London (at Sebright Arms on the 9th and at Rough Trade East on the 16th).