Thursday, May 15, 2008

Reviews:: Pat Deighan & The Orb Weavers - In A Fever, In A Dream

As hard as this might be to believe, I often don't get around to reviewing some albums as quickly as I'd like. Case in point: In A Fever, In A Dream, the latest effort from Charlottetown, PEI outfit Pat Deighan & The Orb Weavers.

I've had the album for a few weeks, and a couple of the songs brought moments from the last Matt Mays album to mind, so like any lazy reviewer a made a mental note to use this comparison when writing about the album. Well, before I could get to my review, The Coast ran an article on the band and called them "spiritual cousins" of Mays & Co. Even though that's taking the comparison farther than I would've, using it in my review would look like I was biting the Coast's steez, so I won't. Even if it's kind of true.

Although he was new to me, and likely to you as well, Deighan is a vet of the music scene on our smallest, yet potatoest, province. He's been playing in bands since the 90's, having been part of Strawberry, The Tuesdays and Eyes for Telescopes before recruiting the Orb Weavers to help him crank out his latest batch of songs. The songs may be Deighan's, but the three other members (John Mullins, Shane Coady, and Dan Wagner) certainly have a role to play in creating the album's full sound, which is heavy on rock-out moments but features a definite alt-country influence on some songs.

In A Fever, In A Dream wakes the listener out of their slumber from the get go with the rocking confusion of Anna Marie, which features backing vocals from fellow islander Catherine Maclellan, and the drive of the blues-inspired riff of Burn, Burn, Burn. Say What You Want lightens the mood a bit and reminds me of some of the Plaskett's more playful songs (Extraordinary maybe?) Nice, I've got Mays and Joel mentioned thus far, if I could just find some way to work in Sloan I'd have all my obvious east coast references covered.

From what I've read, Marigold was first done by Eyes for Telescopes a few years ago, but the new version is quite striking, with somber, marching band drums and what sounds like a baritone sax on the chorus. Los Diablos and So Tell Me really crank the tempo back up, and the band seems to find their groove on these kinds of songs. Pat finds inspiration in the work of PEI poet John MacKenzie to craft the narrative for the engrossing Goodnight Charlie.

In the end, Pat & crew have a solid album on their hands, and we're happy to do a very small part in getting it heard. The lyrics show a mature songwriters touch, they are quite vivid and pretty much devoid of throwaway lines, and musically the album has enough pace and variety to keep the listener engaged. No need to take my word for it though, check it for yourself.

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