DBUK from the album Songs Nine Through Sixteen available on SCACUNINCORPORATED (by Bryant Liggett)
The sophomore effort from Denver’s DBUK is a dark, instrumentally sparse, lyrically humorous dose of beautiful weirdness. Songs Nine Through Sixteen, the recent release, makes odd percussion instruments, bicycle bells and haunted harpsichord tones the norm for band members alongside guitar, banjo and minimal drums via slower tempos and hushed vocals. DBUK members also do time in Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, Songs Nine Through Sixteena collection of avant-garde psychedelic folk that defines “The Denver Sound.” Beautiful and haunting, DBUK and its partner in The SC Auto Club continue to get weirder while also remaining a band making music that can’t be compared to anything else.
Album opener, “Bonnie Clyde, The Big-Bull-Hen of the Women’s Prison”, comes off like a nursery rhyme complete with references to mumbley-peg and black licorice whips.
Both Slim Cessna and Munly, who share vocal duties on Songs Nine Through Sixteen just as they do in the Auto Club, are never afraid to reference their home-state of California in song. “From the Estate of John Denver” calls out to the late singer in a tale that also invokes Jello Biafra. “In San Francisco Bay” has middle-eastern musical undertones with call-and-response vocals while “The Misrepresentation of the Thompson Gun” is a haunting murder ballad. “It’s Killing Me” delivers a subtle oom-pah beat and the Songs Nine Through Sixteen closer, “And God Bless You”, completes the song cycle, ending the album as it begins with nursery-rhyme flair wrapped in a lullaby. (by Bryant Liggett)
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