taking a listen

by Ryan Snyder

reviews of local & state music CDs


Alternating between the grim psychedelia of a Jodorowsky Western and the hazy, boot-stomping ’60s pop of Nancy Sinatra Lubbock, Texas trio the Diamond Center offer an intersect between altcountry and acid rock with their second release My Only Companion. There’s a distinctly cinematic feel throughout much of the album, with savage anti-climaxes on “Cap’n Death” and “Dos Fridas” that seem composed for the grisly ending of a Quentin Tarantino film. Brandi Price often sounds like a reinvented Mazzy Star on the gauzy and nearly impenetrable “Ohio,” while she’s more accessible overtop of killer guitars on the live-recorded “The Deer Pistol.” Though much of their music hangs like a dark cloud in the air, “Bombay Sky” swirls around like a torrent of dust emitted directly from the vocals (backing in this case) of singer and guitarist Price’s lingering refrain. The sound of old record fuzz and reverb dominates here, however, though it occasionally originates from spiking their meter a little too much and lacks the honest and organic sound that they sought. My Only Companion is at its best on “Follow, I Won’t” and “Monsters’ by simply letting Price’s loenly voice take the forefront and filling the empty space with sparse melodies and echo-y rhythm. Still, it’s done right far more often than not, making My Only Companion is easy to get into and hard to let go of.


The Diamond Center will play The Wherehouse on Friday at 8 p.m.

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