Album Review – Working To Design by Dunkie (2019) (self released)

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Some things are just huge. They consequently tend to dominate. From the highest buildings on a city landscape, fat lads playing rugby, corporate monopolies and sports teams with the biggest fanbase, anything with a sense of ‘huge’ tends to get it’s own way.

As a ‘life commodity’ music can be one of the few things that is antagonistic towards such a trend. All things huge in music often means the addition of multiple aural soundscapes and unnecessary extra layers, as an act tries to separate itself from the crowd, before eventually becoming a pastiche of all things Post Rock. A concentration and mastery of one definitive aesthetic usually typifies the best music.

Welsh maestro Anthony Price (AKA Dunkie) and this superb debut, shows that huge does not always have to have negative musical connotations, as he drifts in and out of several genres that he tantalisingly just about holds together with the feint whirr of Carriers style fuzz that is almost omnipresent.

As such we see him deliver the sparse, slightly burnished, jangled riffs of Introduction – So Little Time, (W.A.L.L.S) Within A Little Love Song and 1896 and let them compete for overall noise, against the whirring psyche rock inflections of The White Hole and I Think I’ve Been Asleep (All My life).

The fact that he can then slide in the complete twee/indie pop cuteness of a Babybird style track like Rabbit Hole (see below), without the slightest hint of irony, is only possible because of his complete mastery of multi-genres.

Despite Price’ comfortability with above noise, there is plainly a tender guitar/folk-pop inkling within the deepest recesses of his musical soul, as tracks like Can A Song Save Your Life, Closure – 1972 and the truly superlative The Memory Tree (see below) leave the most lasting of impressions from an album that is not exactly short of them.

The future CD promises a 24 page insert, the Bandcamp page gives meticulous credits for every track, a staggering 34 musicians were involved in the making of the album, which took several years to complete. Essentially it’s all very huge…thankfully the talent is of similar proportions.

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