By Ash

Dragoons debuts with their album “Anomaly“, which sets out to be exactly that – a deviation from what is normal or expected. Offering the generic folk blues-rock sound, Dragoons incorporate unexpected satisfying sounds which set them apart from the rest.

As a collective, the album provides theatrical undercurrents accompanied by an 80s-inspired, nostalgic blues-rock sound. Unfortunately, dynamism is lacking with a majority of the tracks providing a similar atmosphere, with the exception of ‘Trouble’, ‘Paradise Road’ and “In the Machine’.

Their fourth track ‘In the Machine’, allows for a groovy blues sound, slowing down the pace from the previous 3 tracks. The track gives some dynamic flow with the introduction of a wonderfully executed harmonica riff familiarising itself with the old school quality sounds of Kid Rock. The track offers a great breath of fresh air and is followed by ‘Paradise Road’, overwhelming us with a nostalgic atmosphere and melodies perfect for the long roads to nowhere and ends off brilliantly with a collective battle of sounds fading off into a soft melody. The next track, ‘Trouble’ embarks with their expected sound, then delivers a surprising introduction of the Tarabuka drum – bringing a fast-paced, tribal, excited atmosphere to their sound, both daring and effective. These three tracks offer a trifecta of musical ingenuity in what would otherwise be another blues-rock album.

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The lyrics seem to continue a theme of spirituality, a search for victory, anarchism, open thinking and self-discovery throughout the album, providing a sense of quality to their sound. A collection of perfectly timed breaks, creative solos, basic riffs, fast-paced drumming creates a cinematic atmosphere but seems to overpower the vocals. The vocals seem to mimic that of which we have heard before, through blues to alternative rock and is outplayed by the united sounds of the instrumentals.

All in all, Dragoons’ debut is a jump around the album, perfect for live acts and that which will get crowds dancing and having a blast. With a southern rustic sound and narrative, significant lyrics – their music can provide both entertainment and music for thought. I give it a 3 out of 5 rock salutes.

Marley is the founder and owner of Small Town Music. Born and bred in Nelspruit aka Nelsparta. Marley loves music (rock being a firm favourite), tattoos, festivals, animals and South Africa. Self-taught photographer and writer.