Artist: Bryan Deister

Album: Spines of the Heart

Genre(s): Alt Rock

Track Rating
All That I Have:

 

★★★★☆
Responding Well:

 

★★★★☆
In Her Eyes:

 

★★★☆☆
Have You:

 

★★☆☆☆
Silent Screams:

 

★★★★☆
Approaching:

 

★★☆☆☆
Brighter Dawn:

 

★★★☆☆
Into the Sky:

 

★★★☆☆
Gone:

 

★★★☆☆
Come ★★★☆☆
Today ★★★☆☆
Nobody Angel:

 

★★★☆☆
Wait:

 

★★★☆☆
Emily: ★★★☆☆
What You Want:

 

★★★☆☆
The Bread: ★★★☆☆
Always Further: ★★☆☆☆
Seven Eight: ★★★★☆
Nothing More: ★★☆☆☆
Sure ★★★☆☆
Vacant Eyes ★★★☆☆
Part of Me ★★★☆☆

 

 

All That I Have:

The album opener starts off with jazz like sections that merge into guitars that are dissonant and raw. It keeps the listeners on their toes before we segue into

Responding Well:

which is slightly less raw but has the same ferocious energy and otherworldly feel to it.

In Her Eyes:

Continues Deister’s unabashed weird tunes that keep surging ahead and impressing and simultaneously spooking the listener with its unpredictable blend of alt-rock and jazz notes.

Have You:

Slow paced, relaxed and tranquil tunes that totally allows you to let your guard down.

Silent Screams:

edgy, alternative tones that remind me a lot of the early Radiohead and Thom Yorke’s solo work. This is a total departure from the earlier tracks on the album.

Approaching:

A short choral piece that breaks up the proceedings if only temporarily as a form of respite from the atonal going ons.

Brighter Dawn:

If Approaching was the fluff, Brighter Dawn is a return to the complex, chaotic machinations that thrive beneath the song structures and keep the tunes surging ahead.

Into the Sky:

The lead single has lots of catchy melodies and harmonies that float over piano chords that set the mood for the rest of the album.

Gone:

The more melancholy compared to the other tracks on the album, Gone is slow burn and drags at times but ultimately comes together from the edge of despair.

Come:

Dreiser’s lyrics crash into the piano melody and the track takes off into a totally different direction. This is more of the edgy alt-rock that keeps the spirits soaring before plunging us into unknown territory again.

Today:

This is another one of those haunting tracks off this album that teeter close to a nihilist theme but ultimately hang together.

Nobody Angel:

It opens like a Western Classical music piece and then drifts into distorted guitar solos and comes across as a little experiment that is two parts fun and one part strange.

Wait:

This one is more silent and is again one of those choral interludes that act mainly as a very interesting filler. With Dreiser even the failures are interesting.

Emily:

A haunting gothic take that rattles and shakes you with its startling originality. One never really knows what’s next from a Dreiser album

What You Want:

is bare bones single that is mildly interesting albeit short but thematically fits nowhere on this album and it doesn’t work even as a filler.

The Bread:

Carries the album on its shoulders towards the fag end largely due to its infectious melodically interesting bits.

Always Further:

Stretches and tears down the optimism built up so far with its dull chords.

Seven Eight:

is again a detour from the soundscapes that have been built up so far into new territory.

Nothing More:

is pretty much what the song title says. Jazzy chords and some dissonant guitars thrown in that rattle but end up going nowhere

Sure:

Starts off with a solid solo but drifts away into a mess towards the end

Vacant Eyes:

Serves as a decent coda for this thickly populated album and is more of the same Shakti style fusion experiment.

 

Part of Me:

The album finishes on an epic scale. From calm, classically infused piano to a raging guitar solo – this finisher is operatic and grand.

Picks of the album: Always Further, Vacant Eyes, Part of Me

Overall rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆