Dora Flood- We Live Now
(Elephant Stone Records ES1016)
From Aural Innovations #36 (May 2007)
Dora Flood is a shoegazing dream pop band from San Francisco and this is their sixth full-length release. To my ears, on their latest album they play guitar-driven, British styled indie rock with some psychedelic influences. The first track on the CD entitled “Phoenix Rising” is a mid-tempo, pretty groovy guitar pop with organs somewhere in between Oasis and Verve. “Everywhere We Go” is a bit faster number with some New Wave/punk spirit and psych effects. “Feels Like Yesterday” is a quite nice, more hypnotic shoegaze track in the Verve vein. “Revelation Blues” is in deed a bit bluesy, and “Atlantis” quite interesting, at times heavy number in ¾ time signature. “Humble High” is a slow one with slide guitar and “Day Dream” more like retro pop reminding me of The Soundtrack of Our Lives. “Invisible Throne” is a peaceful, slow song that has some synthesizer. One of the highlights is the also quite slow but relatively heavy “Faith and Deviation” that has some great organ work and high-pitched vocals and a lot of laid-back guitar soloing. The album ends with the rather soft “Light” that has some piano sounds, slide etc. We Live Now doesn’t do that much for me, but it’s not that bad either. You can download the band’s whole entire back catalogue from their web site to check them out by yourself.
You can find more information from the band’s website at http://www.doraflood.com
Visit the Elephant Stone Records web site at: http://www.elephantstonerecords.com/default.html
Reviewed by Santtu Laakso