New Music For May 31, 2019
Datura Road – “Datura Road” – Self Released
With so much so far in this review being “soft and melodic,” I was heartened to come across the latest work by the group Datura Road. They are probably best known in and around the Hudson Valley and Greater New York areas. Their first work, simply titled “Datura Road” was funded by a Kickstarter campaign which was instrumental in getting this CD produced and released. Something else I found interesting was their use of non-traditional instruments such as the doumbek (an Egyptian styled drum), bansuri (an Indian styled flute) and the tabla (an Indian styled drum). Perhaps best of all, this work has some funky, upbeat songs that one could easily consider “dance grooves.” The first track, “One Day,” is such a song – quite upbeat and fun to listen to. But there are also shades of Far East melodies as well as Latin ballads. All in all, I liked this work for its positive, upbeat nature.
Overall: 8.5 / 10 Sonics: 8/10