Had enough of this Winter? Why not go on a little escapade down memory lane, destination; the Dunedin sound. Paul Winders and The Goodness return with a second album Boy Dust which encapsulates that old school Kiwi alternative rock charm. Winders and members of The Goodness are no strangers to the music scene. You might even call them veterans of the Dunedin music soundscape. And this album demonstrate that they have not lost a single beat and can still produce something that captures the vibe of a quintessential 80's/early 90's Kiwi album.
To juxtapose the frozen Winter days, this album is brimming with feel-good Summer tunes. Songs like 'Happy Man' and 'Sunshine' are so buoyant, its almost impossible not to bounce alongside these tracks. But more than this, Boy Dust has a couple of more profound gems lurking within it. The title track is a beautifully sweet melody laced as an ethereal lullaby. 'Find you' has a slightly grunge-esque aura surrounding it. Towards the end of the album is the bittersweet waltz, 'Boyndlie,' which has an eeriness that will linger on beyond the song.
It's nice to see such talanted musicians still so passionate about what they do, and showing that they can still do it well.It seems to come easy to the band, which allows them to have a little fun with the album. Boy Dust is full of old-school upbeat rock waves, a sound which Winders and his team have mastered. This sound is the inspiration for many recent alternative rock albums, which shows the currency of this style in the new school of modern alt-rock.
This album denotes a renaissance of the Dunedin sound. If someone wanted to describe what that sound was, better than words, this album defines it, in fact more than that, this album IS the Dunedin sound.