Sunday, December 3, 2017

As The World Falls Down: A Brief Review Of The New Album From Georgio "The Dove" Valentino

The artist known as Georgio "The Dove" Valentino has listened to a lot of Nick Cave records. And a few Leonard Cohen ones too. That said, he makes somewhat interesting music that, however briefly, rises above the obvious influences on his craft. His newest record, The Future Lasts A Long Time, is out on Friday.

The very nearly-transcendent "Let Your Love Decide" suggests both Cave and Crime and the City Solution but it is, like a few other winners here, bogged down by being set down on the record next to the fairly ludicrous "Sobborghi (The Wonder Years)". In 2017, I doubt that listeners are going to have a lot of time for this sort of machismo, unless it's meant as a parody. And I don't think it entirely is. Elsewhere, the deliberate "Song For Syd Barrett" earns points for offering up something distinctive about the one-time Pink Floyd front-man that, wisely, doesn't try to sound like his stuff, while the necessarily brighter "Sunshine" rides a hook that suggests mid-Eighties tracks from The Triffids. When Georgio "The Dove" Valentino jettisons a lot of his Nick Cave-moves, he manages to offer up fairly fresh and affecting material, as "As The World Falls Down" illustrates. Hie rich voice offers up a faint hint of vulnerability here and it's a refreshing bit of directness amid the other bits here on The Future Lasts A Long Time, as is closing track "Heir Encore" with a bit of violin work from Blaine L. Reininger from Tuxedomoon.

The new record from Georgio "The Dove" Valentino is called The Future Lasts A Long Time and it's out on Friday. More details via Georgio's official Facebook page, or his official website.

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