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The Dissociatives - The Dissociatives


Review: Jack Foley

TWO of Australia's most established producers, Daniel Johns and Paul Mac, have united to form The Dissociatives, a slightly quirky rock-pop act whose debut self-titled album is an unashamedly pleasant listen.

The duo first met when Paul remixed Freak by Daniel's band, Silverchair, way back in 1997, but kept collaborating as Paul worked on both Silverchair's Neon Ballroom and Diorama albums.

He also guested onstage with the band a couple of times - a creative experience that saw the guys becoming firm friends.

Once they had eventually decided to collaborate on a joint solo project, they put out an experimental EP, called I Can't Believe It's Not Rock, in 2000, and then re-teamed in mid-2003 to write and record The Dissociatives.

Yet while it seems like a long journey, fans of their work as Silverchair will not be disappointed.

The Dissociatives is a really pleasant listen, packed with pop-driven melodies and a happy go lucky style that quickly becomes infectious.

Try listening to the instrumental Lifting The Veil From The Braille, for instance, and not whistling along.

Or the wistful ballad, Forever And A Day, which pays homage to the piano-laced ballad-style of Coldplay.

Horror With The Eyeballs sounds remarkably similar to the quirky sound (vocally and instrumentally) of Super Furry Animals, while the up-tempo Thinking in Reverse emerges as a manic foot-stomper that gets better the more times you listen to it.

Former single, Young Man, Old Man (You Ain't Better Than the Rest), contains a nice country twang, some typically laidback vocals from Johns and a school choir late-on, which work well against the folk guitars.

And the cheery melodies of Somewhere Down The Barrel provide a retro-throwback and psychedelia-laced memory of ELO at their most engaging.

All of which makes The Dissociatives an engaging affair that is perfect for brightening up any dark moods. It's quirky, feel-good and a worthy showcase of the talents of both of the artists involved.

Track listing:
1. We're Much Preferred Customers
2. Somewhere Down the Barrel
3. Horror With Eyeballs
4. Lifting the Veil from the Braille
5. Forever and a Day
6. Thinking in Reverse
7. Paris Circa 2007 Slash 08
8. Young Man, Old Man (You Ain't Better Than the Rest)
9. Aaängry Megaphone Man
10. Sleep Well Tonight

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