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Dubi Dolczek - Dubi In Space Part 1: The Emerald Gauntlet

by Ljubinko Zivkovic Rating:8 Release Date:2017-11-17
Dubi Dolczek - Dubi In Space Part 1: The Emerald Gauntlet
Dubi Dolczek - Dubi In Space Part 1: The Emerald Gauntlet

Never heard of Dubi Dolczek? You’ve got to be kidding! Then again, why would you unless you live somewhere in the vicinity of Bristol where he and his band are set to promote their second album, Dubi In SpacePart 1: The Emerald Gauntlet, or are an avid reader of Shindig! magazine (which you should be, though). Sounds like a joke so far, doesn’t it?

Well, it seems that the guy himself takes everything as a joke. Except for his art. He tries to keep as much information to himself, and don’t count on the usual online glut of information. First of all, there isn't much of it available, and what there is seems to be as convoluted as the album title he is presenting us with. Try his Facebook page, where he introduces himself as  “seminal historian, daring pilot, intrepid explorer, pan-galactic mercenary,…” He also claims to be a visual artist under an assumed name (guess the ‘tacky’ cover is his handiwork too) and so on. Yes it's funny, as if Dolczek is not trying to give out much information, or at least not much that gives something away, deliberating clouding the waters with a dry sense of humor, as in his comments in an interview in the aforementioned Shindig! where he says, “I’ve enjoyed gigging on Earth too. Actually, it’s often freaky and hard to describe to my space friends who generally consider Earth to be a hippy planet.” But enough about Dubi’s jives, is the music on the album any good? That can also be taken as another big joke, but it is actually a very good one!

Imagine a modern lo-fi bedroom version of all late Fifties, early Sixties rock jumbled up with electronic sounds produced by Sun Ra circa that same period, and a bunch of other stuff as well. If you question these influences, maybe the one fact Dubi spells out without his tongue somewhere in his (space) cheek is that both of his parents were jazz and classical musicians. It seems Dolczek has really sucked up on those influences quite well. Try the doo-top variations of both “Nice To Meteor” or “Laser Dojo” (one of the best tracks here). Or the woozy sax exotica balladry of “Ethel’s Merman”. That one would definitely have been the ‘ladies choice’ at the dancehalls of the time. Or the surf guitar stuck over a Hank Williams-like country tune of “Martian Lady”. Another great one. But all this and all the sci-fi B-movie pastiche works because Dolczek obviously knows his chosen media very well, and he and the band execute it almost perfectly, bringing some freshness to the retro air.

Making such music can be a dangerous game, but Dubi Dolczek obviously knows how to do it and he does it really well. What kind of water are they drinking over there in Bristol?

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