FROM "THE FASHION FILES"
by Starr Matthews
Question: Are the Doldrums long haired, flower shirt- sporting hippies,
or turtlenecked chin- rubbers?
Answer: Based on Feng Shui, released by the fine folks at VHF
Records, it's extremely difficult to say what fashion- specific styles
the Doldrums adhere to. Like most bands that dabble in such explicitly
uncommercial mind fuckery, the Doldrums owe a heavy debt to old school
space cadets like Popul Vuh and Syd Barrett, but manage to sneak in
refined elements for the more discriminate modern music listener. My
best guess is that the Doldrums' look represents an amalgam of relaxed,
flowery textures along with more severe, form fitting attire.
When the Doldrums choose to behave like psychadelic rockers,
they pull out all the tricks of the trade-- long, drawn out soloing,
repetitive tribal- sounding percussive elements, and the occasionally
incomprehensible tone- heavy singing means tie- dye on the head, sandals
on the feet and the most flowery cufflinks money can buy. Like all
acid- damaged prog acts, the songs tend to drag on, like the matted locks
that serve as a hairdo.
The Doldrums' look is not totally pastel based, though. The band throws in
ambient drones, sampled percussion and the concept of editing Feng Shui
like it was some sort of audio installation. I see black horn- rimmed
glasses, tight black fabrics on the torso and straight- leg black jeans
as being crucial to the art- school portion of this look.
Needless to say, such a mix of styles can prove to be problematic and
functionless for these fast- paced days. I mean, there's something to
be said for maintaining a consistency of styles.
I, for one. would prefer more the art- school look-- less of the less
successful stoner- relic guitar work and more of the cerebral sonic
experiments. My sources say the audio- project look is going to big for
the gloomy- weather- battered Fall. Summertime is almost over folks.