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Move Every Muscle, Make Every Sound

De Novo Dahl

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Album Review

Between their playfully outré fashion sense, the goofy monikers adopted by the bandmembers, and their trendy embrace of the remix, it's hard not to get the feeling De Novo Dahl are working very hard to seem weirder than they really are. Because for all the semi-psychedelic shimmer in their production and vintage synthesizers in their arrangements, De Novo Dahl's second full-length album, Move Every Muscle, Make Every Sound, sounds like the work of a fairly traditional pop band — and a very good one. Between the widescreen pageantry of "Marketplace," the good-foot R&B undertow of "Shakedown," and the anthemic pomp-pop of "Shout," there's plenty of stuff on Move Every Muscle that would sound right at home on a good mid-'70s radio station once a few of the right angles of the production had been buffed off, and the vocal stylings of Joel Dahl and Serai Zaffiro are appropriately engaging and enthusiastic. The band sounds tight and energetic on these sessions, with Dahl's guitars and Matthew Hungate's keyboards sounding bring and full of bite, and bassist Keith Lowen and drummer Joey Andrews bring a solid beat to the music. There are moments on Move Every Muscle where De Novo Dahl seem to want to be the next Flaming Lips (David Fridmann, the Lips' frequent studio hand, mixed four of the tracks), but at heart they seem more like the B-52's, a band that plays smart pop music with a wink, a smile, and a sense of fun, and there's nothing at all to be ashamed of in that.

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so much fun

this record is just a blast. it's a driving force that doesn't stop pummling a ton of party times. great vocals, keyboards, and pulsating beats. a mixture of everything right!

Indie pop loses its seriousness and fun and becomes seriously fun.

De Novo Dahl has come up with a second album of un-pretentious rock that's catchy, clever, and fun.Not plagued by the usual posturing and rigamarole that plagues many indie rock acts, acts out to prove that you're not cool enough to listen to them, (I'm looking in your direction Pitchfork album of the moment), De novo dahl have provided an album of light, catchy melodies, varied sounds and good plain fun. I highly recommend the groups first album as well. It's called Cats and Kittens and you can find it on itunes as well.

Heartbreaker

De Novo DahL's song "Heartbreaker" is REALLY REALLY good.

Biography

Formed: 2001 in Nashville, TN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

De Novo Dahl began as the partnership of songwriting friends Mark Bond (aka Vovo Dahl) and Joel McAnulty (aka Joel J. Dahl or Jsperanza) at high school in Hendersonville, TN. Bond, a singer and keyboadist, and McAnulty, a singer and guitarist, initially formed a band called "Harmonium," which broke up on the verge of a recording deal. After pursuing solo efforts, they reunited in the summer of 2001 and resumed writing songs together. Adding singer and omnichord player Serai Zaffiro (daughter of guitarist...
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Move Every Muscle, Make Every Sound, De Novo Dahl
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Alternative, Indie Rock, Pop, Pop/Rock
  • Released: Feb 05, 2008

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