First of all, “Dead Ringers” does not contain any metal music. If you are a listener with an open ear for interesting music experiments, that include a guitar, keep reading though.
Jenks Miller, the man behind this project, has written, produced, engineered, and mixed this new HORSEBACK album. His previous efforts, under this moniker used to have sludge riffs and black metal vocals, in between the drone style music he usually composes but in this record these do not appear at all. Clean vocals have taken the place of the screams, and the electric guitar is used in a way that enhances more the atmosphere, than the groove.
“Many keyboard melodies and synthesizer sounds but for me it’s the guitar noises and the slow tempo americana guitar parts that give the album its replay value.”
The music in “Dead Ringers”, can still be characterized as drone, but there are krautrock and psychedelic rock elements, that make it more pleasurable and easier to listen to. Many keyboard melodies and synthesizer sounds have been used that enrich the songs (“Modern Pull”, “Shape of the One Thing”) but for me it’s the guitar noises and the slow tempo americana guitar parts (“Lion Killer”, “In Another Time, In and Out of Form”), that give the album its replay value.
The music in here, is perfect for relaxing after experiencing a very loud concert, or after a tiring day at work, to rest your ears and mind. It won’t trouble you at all, you can hear it while surfing the net, doing homework, or just before sleeping, as background music.
Since everyone does these things and everyone needs some relaxing music, that isn’t as cheesy as new age or lounge music, I recommend this record to everybody (or at least to the ones that reached the end of this review).