Published Sep 21, 2015Chad VanGaalen and Dog Day's Seth Smith passed back and forth single-track mix-downs to craft debut album Seeds of Dorzon, forging a creative process with no rules over cyberspace. Mirroring the way it was crafted, the two-track, 30-minute effort never seems to linger in the same place for very long. It's as if the textured, pop-flavoured rock they are both known for was pulverized in a washing machine that broke down their melodic phrases into fleeting fragments.
Dorzon has a peaceful flow back and forth between different soundscapes, from pulsing beat motifs to acrid synth bursts. At one point, a baby's babbling chimes in overtop a bubbling electronic arrangement. Limbering along like a lost robot, with occasional static-filled moans, the effort doesn't reveal any firm direction here, which for some may be a refreshing change from track-based listening; for others, it may seem too meandering, and the division of the two tracks a little arbitrary.
Still, if you'd like to imagine your own freak nightmare vision or space odyssey, Seeds of Dorzon might just fill your fancy and put spring in your moon boots. (Fundog)