Chuck Schuldiner Project

Friday, December 21, 2018

Mark Deutrom - The Blue Bird

Mark Deutrom is, as those in the know are away, a sort of legend in the scene. Be it with his time in the Melvins or his work as a producer, he has been able to carve out a niche for himself that has cultivated a devout fanbase of people who love truly thoughtful and weird music. His work has always been a little bit different than most emerging from the 80s punk scene, but it has never made his music any less fascinating, and this latest offering The Blue Bird feels like a logical progression for this sonic wizard.

With innumerable layers on this record and artsy tracks that seem to ebb and flow, The Blue Bird is indicative of a much larger and transcendent approach to writing dark music. This is an album that seems to invite the listener to get lost in its many layers, to really sink your teeth into the variety of ideas that he outlines here and then begin to understand that there is a lot more to this than meets the eye. Mark Deutrom has unveiled something that while challenging, makes sense on the first listen, simply because so much of it is beautiful and the elements of weirdness are more something that you slowly feel out than notions that oppress you from the first with high minded elitism.

The Blue Bird is a potent and exciting journey, it's one that challenges the listener and which is unafraid to bring fresh and cool ideas to the table. The dark guitars of Deutrom are significantly scaled back on this release and seem to reflect more on the inherent thoughtfulness of the man himself than any desire to craft genre bending rockers. If I were to give this record a genre it would be 'adult contemporary' but it's adult contemporary in the sense that its contemporary sounding music that requires investment, and that has made me fall in love.

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