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MUSIC REVIEW: DOM MARIANI & THE MAJESTIC KELP – Hi Seas

| 26 February 2019 | Reply

MUSIC REVIEW: DOM MARIANI & THE MAJESTIC KELP – Hi Seas
Invisible Records
2018
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar
90%

Dom Mariani is certainly one to follow his musical muse whichever way he fancies. From the jangly power pop of The Stems, through the garagey DM3, his ‘popsided guitar’ solo work, the Stonesy soul of The DomNicks and the heavy boogie of Datura4, he goes with his own flow, safe in the knowledge that no two acts sound the same.

The Majestic Kelp is a sliver of the Mariani personality close to home for his Italian immigrant family. Just as they were called to a life as fisherfolk in a brave new world, so does the Majestic Kelp explore nautically themed mostly-instrumentals.

Their fourth full length album, Hi Seas features the indubitable talents of Mariani’s bassist-of-choice Stu Loasby, drummer Todd Pickett and multi-talented guitarists Luke Dux and Steve Mancini, with some additional help from Sean Lillico’s keys, James Newhouse’s percussion and Geraldine Ray’s vocals on the mesmeric title track.

Hi Seas is a mellow, atmospheric, delicate work of much beauty, featuring ghostly guitar work that washes in and out like the tide. The nautical theme, perhaps surprisingly, does not mean surf guitar from wall to wall – there are elements here, notably on Freeway Ace, which starts somewhere near Gimme Some Lovin’ and ebbs towards Dick Dale territory – but rather, the overall feel evokes the vast thunderous roar and constant movement of the ocean and her waves in all their stillness and turbulent power.

The end result is an album which – like the ocean – will go with you depending on your mood. Gaze deeply in and she will be ambient and protective as you chill out. Confront her with your own turbulence and she shall share hers with you.

Shane

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