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Dictaphone Blues - EP Review: Greetings From Glen Eden

26 May 2023 // A review by Peter K Malthus

This was a real treat, to get to listen to and review the latest release from Dictaphone BluesGreetings From Glen Eden (and if you click on that handy-dandy link right there, you'll be whisked off to a magical portal where you can pay a mere NZ$5 for the entire EP! Outrageous value! Off you go. I'll wait here) is the latest in an already impressive catalogue for the song-writing vessel of master songsmith Edward Castelow.

What we have here is an exquisitely crafted collection of delicious ear-gems. Each song is beautifully crafted, performed, and produced. Chasing An Echo has a nicely rough & ready moment of high-gain guitars straining at the leash, before a quick double tap on the snare lets them off the chain. The tone is quickly set for the rich warmth and vibrant energy that pervades the not-quite-20 minutes of this superb slice of melodious rock. 

60's psychedelic pop heavily influences the mood of Sooth The Muse, gloriously fuzzed-out bass and lush layers of goosebump-inducing vocal harmonies. No Beef is as enigmatic as it is frenetic fun, a fast-paced piece where the only lyrics are the two words of the title, another track that nicely demonstrates the quality of musicianship involved. A more sedate pace is next on Exist To Insist, but still full of the uplifting sense of joy and love throughout all five tracks.

The Facebook page for Dictaphone Blues is the work of an artist who proudly puts their beloved family first, which thereby strongly influences the art that comes a close second. Blow is a heart-wrenchingly lovely parent-to-child love song, a reverential ode of worship and praise. This is the work of someone with a massive emotional vocabulary, and both the ability and boldness to state it with passion and high skill.

Greetings From Glen Eden will do magnificent things for your soul, whilst also rocking your socks off. A strong sense of melody, clever harmonies, and beautiful lyrics. All matched with some stomping rock & roll that ranges from solid and driving, to a snarly bite. Excellent work, well done. Love it.

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )
 

About Dictaphone Blues

Dictaphone Blues has been a fixture on the alternative music scene in NZ for over 10 years, releasing three critically acclaimed albums, touring nationally multiple times and generating a sturdy live following up and down the country. The indie rock pseudonym of singer/songwriter Ed Castelow the live band features a revolving cast of aural soul mates.

The new Greetings From Glen Eden EP features the single No Beef which recently peaked at #4 on the Radioscope Alternative Charts. The band has been packing out Auckland venues recently on the back of this latest release.

All previous albums have featured high charting singles and 2015 the single Her Heart Breaks Like A Wave was nominated for both the APRA Silver Scroll and Best Music Video at the Vodafone NZ Music Awards.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Dictaphone Blues

Releases

Greetings From Glen Eden
Year: 2023
Type: EP
Mufti Day
Year: 2014
Type: Album
Buy Online @ Mightyape
Beneath The Crystal Palace
Year: 2012
Type: Album
On The Down And In
Year: 2009
Type: Album

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