Dr. Schwamp is one of the most characteristic bands I had an opportunity to encounter during my explorations through the vast world of music. Their musical direction is not so obvious to be defined by simplistic terms, neither the group tends to converge on a particular genre. Quite the contrary, Dr. Schwamp floats between an entire universe of genres to accomplish specific articulations that will unquestionably indulge the broader auditorium. Since their formation, Dr. Schwamp released a single named Shine, Fortunes EP, and later on another single called Bonnie & Clyde (A Story Of Love). This particular number reached its place at the brand new material named Tunes, Tall Tales & Tinctures.
Tunes, Tall Tales & Tinctures carries eleven interesting, extravagant, entertaining, unique compositions, entirely overwhelmed by a comprehensive collection of various musical genres. The group fulfilled this material with elements of ska, klezmer, blues, funk, twist, gypsy, country, punk rock, but you’ll probably notice some other characteristic articulations while listening to this entertaining album. Tunes, Tall Tales & Tinctures transit from world music to ethno with such ease but becomes even more dynamic with additions of rocksteady, ska, or punk rock. Dr. Schwarm transforms from a calmy jazzy band to a full-blown big band orchestra in a matter of seconds with intentions to impress listeners even more.
Wait until you hear about the full specter of involved instruments on this album. The group embraces instruments such as bagpipes, acoustic guitar, electric piano, trumpet, drums, harmonica, and violin. Who knows, maybe you’ll stumble upon some other instruments along the way because Dr. Schwamp are pushing their experimentations within their songs to the very limits. Each involved musician creates a tremendous polyphonic layer, which is technically demanding and ear-appealing at the same time. Right with the initial beats of this colorful record, you’ll notice that you’re dealing with experienced musicians who mastered their skills through years of educating, practicing, and performing.
Just add up some healthy dosages of humor over the top, and you have a tremendous recording that will satisfy those who’re looking out for some innovative music. Tunes, Tall Tales & Tinctures is available on the official website and Spotify, so give it a listen and decide for yourself.