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The Microdots

This record hurts. It hurts because just when it seems like the Microdots realize the power in their dub-like rhythmic variations, Orkid turns on itself. Going from the attractive and dirty basement shakiness of "Crazy Maraca" to a tawdry slow drip like "Tangerine" seems unfair — safe, even. The quartet then inches back toward its more desirable, melodica-infused and ragged beats with "Human Nature," but it's a trick: "Slow Dive" follows with a tonal sameness that stretches, noodles and wears itself thin for an almost unbearable eight minutes. At first it feels like this eight-song EP is suffering from an identity crisis of sorts, an inability by a group of strong musicians to commit to one musical direction. But, really, Orkid just sounds like the victim of security-blanket syndrome, a band playing it too safe to create what could possibly be a radical neo-dub recording.

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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.
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