Monday, January 24, 2011
Album review: Bikini Salute by New Science Projects
Equipped with an acoustic guitar and some crashing drums, New Science Projects race through the album like a bull in a china shop.
DENTON New music is seeping out of the stranger side of Denton. New Science Projects just released their third album, Bikini Salute, during a CD release show at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio. Commonly dressing as zombies and playing their brand of rouge folk music has gained New Science Projects a fair share of attention over the years, and with the release of their third disk, that trend should continue.
Dale Jones, the lead singer and mastermind behind New Science Projects, screams and wails, as he does, throughout the length of the short album. Despite containing 11 tracks, the entire thing plays in only about a half an hour. But what exists within that half hour is a wild ride. It’s like a Bob Dylan nightmare: It's folk music, but the kind of folk music you've never heard before. The beats and the lyrics are folky, but the band comandeers a punk rock pace and ghoulish appearance. Equipped with an acoustic guitar and some crashing drums, New Science Projects race through the album like a bull in a china shop.
Despite being sharp and at times pretty abrasive, most of the tracks on the album are enjoyable. There’s even some serious pop value with songs like “Red and White” and “Wrapped Up Together,” where the band sounds more approachable than they ever have.
Bikini Salute is available for free listen at the band’s website, where you can also buy a digital or physical copy as well. It’s certainly worth a listen, especially if you appreciate a band that totally and unapologetically does their own thing. You won’t come across a group like New Science Projects often.
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