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CD Review: MV & EE with the Golden Road 

Drone Trailer

Dicristina Stair Records

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While ravenous movers and shakers devour Animal Collective's Merriweather, and the long list of other January/February releases (Antony and the Johnsons, Andrew Bird, Bon Iver, A.C. Newman, etc.), I decided my musical curiosities could be used for something other than indie sweetheart albums. Behold MV & EE's Drone Trailer, an eccentric mix of twang, Neil Young sound alikes, and complicated folk non-melodies.

The album begins with, "Anyway," a hard-hitting, in-your-face distorted guitar piece with Erika Elder's vocals careening through to the end. The music feels reminiscent of Dinosaur Jr. and/or Sonic Youth (this shouldn't come to a surprise seeing that MV & EE have shared the stage and albums with both J. Mascis and Thurston Moore). "Anyway" fades out from a complicated noise explosion to "The Hungry Stones," an acoustic number (Neil Young doppelganger) complete with harmonica. This is a welcome shift from the bombastic opening. Track three, "Weatherhead Hollow," fumbles early before a coherent melody is set in play. Guitar doodling and light cymbal splashes work well with the hushed vocals. This is an engaging song if you work for it. Halfway through this 10-minute adventure, the song turns into a psychedelic jam explosion. "Drone Trailer" gently continues from the sporadic nature and dissonance of "Weatherhead Hollow," until a very melodic tune locks in under Elder's voice.

MV & EE's strengths on Drone Trailer are evident at the end of the album; not pushing the listener too far and avoiding filler. At six songs just over 40 minutes, Drone Trailer appears to capture what it was created to do. However, in a year (thus far) of so many independently famous recordings, this trailer will likely see few view visits.


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