Dino Felipe's My Vomit Is A Crystal Ball Channels Iggy Pop and Joy Division
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Just released this week on Otto Von Schirach's new label Triangle Earth, Dino's latest album, My Vomit Is A Crystal Ball, confirms again that there's more to the man than his gloriously depraved stage show.
The opening track, "Life Swap," is surprisingly somber, featuring vocals that sound like they're floating deep into space and a crisp beat loaded with Purple Rain-era Linn drums. The music's maturity and catchiness might be surprising to some, but Dino's been making records for over 15 years now.
"This album was made mainly with live instruments; guitars, bass guitar, my analogue synth, and tambourines and maracas -- the only thing sequenced were the rhythms. I recorded it at home, as usual," Dino explains. It sounds like Iggy Pop and Joy Division fighting their way out of Space Mountain. Download and listen to the track "Puppetry" to see what we mean.
Despite its title, the album isn't harsh or intimidating. Live, Felipe is Miami's G.G. Allin. There's a sense he could injure a member of the crowd or himself at any moment. This record is far removed from that onstage persona. Here we find a sincere man and a collection of bittersweet songs overflowing with emotion.
"These are songs I've heard him play live. After I see him play, these songs are stuck in my head," Von Schirach adds. "It makes me feel like I'm skipping school and watching The Breakfast Club."
Download: Dino Felipe's "Puppetry"