Thursday, March 3, 2016

Album Review: "The Lost Estate" by John Dillon

The Lost Estate
Perhaps you've caught me waxing nostalgic on Twitter for Full House after beginning the Netflix sequel to it, Fuller House.

As much as American intellectuals, may wish to decry it, the American Sitcom is just as much a valid art form as painting.

Not that I'm saying Full House is more important than Starry Night, but art is art is art.

What makes this show so engrossing for me isn't the story lines, the acting, the characters, or the new additions.

It's the feeling of home, but without rehashing what's been done in the past. Even the mighty Gene Roddenberry couldn't pull this off with the first season of Star Trek. 21st Century music in a similar spot.

New styles of music are often rehashes of what's been popular in the past, but they don't always offer something we haven't heard in the past.

John Dillon
First things first.

John Dillon is not a solo group, but a band fronted by a man named Dillon Sturtevant.

Apparently he moved from the hustle and bustle of the East Coast to the rainy climes of the West Coast and now we have this new band.

This album has many features of Mid-90's music. Remember Belly, Sunny Day Real Estate, and even a bit of Blind Melon?

Well, John Dillon reminds me, a man who wasn't into that scene even a little bit, of coming out of that group, but they wouldn't fit right in there anymore than Twingiant would fit in with Black Sabbath.

This is where it gets a bit confusing.

At first glance, John Dillon is very much the second generation of the rainy sounds of Seattle's second generation, but that's not the case at all.

Those bands are the second generation of John Dillon which can only mean that Dillon Sturtevant has a time machine and he's holding out on the rest of humanity.

There are some delightful vintage musical elements hidden in plain sight on Lost Estate. There's the slide guitar reminiscent of The Doors's Moonlight Drive and the whirling sounds of an organ through a Leslie Speaker.

I will never be able to explain this to you with just my words, so check them out for yourselves.

Release: 3/25/16
Genre: Pop
Label: Plume Records

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