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Hawks and Doves

James Yardley may be best known for the brutally intense hardcore he doled out in V-tech Orchid or the dark and moody psychedelic rock he dealt in with Pinkku, but with Hawks and Doves, he brings an unexpectedly reverent evocation of bluesy, psychedelic classic rock. Combining acoustic and sinuously energized electric guitars and organ with Yardley's vocals, which bear a striking resemblance to Robert Plant's in his heyday, Hawks and Doves immediately calls to mind the narcotized atmospheres of Led Zeppelin III, Houses of the Holy and Physical Graffiti. Songs such as the brooding and languorous "Illusion" will have you wondering what year it is and feeling like you're in a real-life version of a Paul Thomas Anderson movie. While many latter-day neo-classic rock bands do their best to invoke the bracing and impossibly accomplished bygone sound — often incorporating blues and country to varying degrees of success — Hawks and Doves offers a prime example of how it was meant to be done.
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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.