19 Nov Rip It Up
Dylan Storey – Out Of The Soup (Border Music)
Out of the Soup is an album that will stay on high rotate for a long while. The man at the helm has crafted these tracks well and has a large troupe of other well known, respected musicians who have lent their voices and instruments to the project – making already tasty tunes just that little bit more mouth watering. Dylan has also given himself a few extra duties; he plays Rhodes, lap steel, accordion, melodica and mandolin and all of them extremely skillfully. The album really shows off Dylan’s accomplished songwriting style. Every song is memorable and singable. The title track stands out as something a little different to the rest and Caitlin Smith gets to have a wail at the end. Other favorites include ‘Skies Above Crete’ which has a great fast waltz feel and a New Zealand vibe, with “search for your Taniwha” included in the lyrics. ‘Sold It All Away’ uses a very clever technique, where the guitar doubles the vocal melody, which really sucks a listener in. The beauty of the track is made complete with great violin lines played by Sam Prebble. ‘Lies Make An Honest Man’ is outstanding and Dylan paints the picture well with his storytelling. The album closes with a very riff-alicious journey of a song, ‘The Tempest’, which has a huge dynamic range, very cool ‘jam’ parts and free sounding guitar solos that take you right to the end, where you unfortunately have to wake up out of your trance. Dylan Storey has captured some amazing songs on this album and all of them are an absolute pleasure to listen to.