REVIEW: "The Blue Bird" By MARK DEUTROM (Alt Rock)
Alt-Rock, Stoner Rock, Post-Punk/Season Of Mist/Released Jan 4th, 2018
Mark Deutrom, who had a stint with Melvins in the 90s, has released a new solo work titled The Blue Bird. There’s an interesting mix of styles here with fuzzy, stoner rock guitars, reverb-laden atmosphere, and occasional prog guitar all being found. But the songs sound more like ideas for demos rather than complete works. Some tracks are fully instrumental while others feature sparse vocals. There are tracks that have interesting sections that could be a song’s centerpiece, but don’t move outside that one idea. It’s like when your guitar playing friend goes “check out this riff” and that one riff is all that’s laid to tape. The atmospheric works on the record show a skill for establishing moods but need more dynamic arrangement with contrasting parts to be more interesting. There are highlights though in tracks like “The Happiness Machine” with its seesaw of tension built around its main riff and “They Have Won” which features a nice sax solo. Overall though the album could’ve done with having the ideas of its song fleshed out and built on more and is a record more of potential rather than completeness.