Dogheart | What Burns the Best (RGMLR)

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What Burns the Best is the perfect background album for any activity. However, it might just be background music.

Bursting from a garage somewhere in Portland, OR is Dogheart and their debut LP, What Burns the Best. Sounding eerily nostalgic, this album drifts in and out of different moods, like clouds sailing over a sea of sky. No song sounds out of place. Mellow echoes of lyrics and hypnotic rhythms erupt into a warm sound scape, giving the listener the satisfied feeling of a sound track. What Burns the Best is the perfect background album for any activity.

However, it might just be background music. If the listener doesn’t pay too much attention, every song from the album starts to lull together as one long sound. But it isn’t Dark Side of the Moon.

Don’t get me wrong. Stellar tracks, especially their single “Jawbone,” are hidden within the album. It just takes some excessive listening to find them. Another spotlight is “Holding Me Out” with its super-delayed, super-reverberant vocals that yearns for the summer in the bleakest days of February, which is when What Burns the Best came out this year.

But the album doesn’t get much better or memorable the more you listen to it. It stays bicycle music, and unfortunately, doesn’t seem like it will be elevated even after ten listens.

I don’t think Dogheart was going for a genius debut album, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. What Burns the Best could easily get anyone who enjoys garage rock moving. And garage rock isn’t supposed to be genius. All it asks is to close your eyes and get your feet tapping. Here, Dogheart excels.

Give it a listen for yourself, and you decide. If garage rock is your genre, you’ll love it. If you’re looking for something a little different, pass up What Burns the Best and go somewhere else. B | Vella Mour

You can get Dogheart’s LP on their bandcamp for a measly $9, which was released on Feb. 17th

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