Most well-known as part of the post-punk group Native Tongue, Lee Leffler (vocals, guitars and keyboard) and Michael Frackleton (vocals, drums, bass, percussion and keyboard) come together to create an intriguing sound that is not for the faint-hearted. Described by blog mp3 hugger as a pair that “have conspired to go about things in the only way they see possible…”, Dream Of A Man In A Top Hat is unlike anything you’ve heard before – at least, I think so. The latest addition to their critically acclaimed discography is the single ‘Opposite Poles’.
On the heels of their single ‘Eggshell Minefield’, Dream Of A Man In A Top Hat adopt an eclectic rock-inspired sound in ‘Opposite Poles’. Opening with a steady guitar and drum combination, one might consider a leaning toward classic rock or hard rock; however, this is far from the truth…sort of. A highly obscure single, Lee and Michael merge several styles in one mishmash of a sonic whirlpool. Heading through the revolving tube of music, you encounter alternative rock, post-punk, psychedelic rock, classic rock and some stuff no one has even defined yet. The thing is that the styles aren’t brought together in one melody but slathered one over another in a frenzied chaotic arrangement.
Certainly not for the faint-hearted, this revolving door of sound (that seems to be revolving faster than usual) is more than obscure or eclectic – it’s odd, weird, phenomenally overwhelming, but still a masterpiece. Listening to ‘Opposite Poles’, I felt a little uncomfortable and confused; however, as the song progressed the confusion turned into a strange acceptance of the madness and, ultimately, loving the tune.
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