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Dominique Leone "Dominique Leone"

Strømland RecordsDominique Leone wears many hats, only a few faces and has a hundred songs that you haven't heard. In fact, but for his best buddies and the fine folks of Feedelity, very few people have heard more than a peep from him. And yes, he's a him. If you read internet record reviews, you may have seen his name around, though if you hate record reviewers, please don't hold that against him. The truth is, he's a songwriter, producer, singer, lover, fighterÖscratch that, he's one of a growing number of college-educated musical auteurs with more than a slight command of pop history and theory chops, and writing songs for joyous, infatuated people. Perhaps some of them are a bit over stimulated. Perhaps some of them just like good melodies and strange chord progressions that still seem vaguely familiar.

Dominique is a "classically trained" musician from Texas who currently operates out of San Francisco. He lists Brian Wilson, Claude Debussy, Andy Partridge, Randy Newman, Glenn Gould, ABBA, Miles Davis, Olivier Messiaen, and Magmaís Christian Vander as personal heroes. He thinks Julie Mehretu is the bomb.

All of his music could be considered "pop" of a sort, though parts have a definite proggy edge. Feedelity main-man Lindstrom recently used Dominique's ballad "Conversational" on the recent LateNightTales compilation [Azuli; 2007], also featuring Todd Rundgren, old school art-disco provocateurs Gina X Performance and Norwegian one-man prog-pop show Alf Emil Aik, which gives a pretty good indication of the kind of space Dominique's music inhabits -- but then again, a recent interviewer compared it to Harry Nilsson. The music is catchy but ambitious; crafted but not sterile; interesting but not pretentious. It's just a lot of fucking fun. Irland Australia Tyskland Østerrike Sveits Belgia Spania Portugal Tsjekkiske republikk Nederland Sverige Sør-Afrika Norge Malaysia Danmark Estland Polen USA Slovakia SMS GratisSMS GratuitSMS GratisSMS darmoweSMSSMS gratisSMS GratisSMS FreeSMS FreeSMS FreeDirectorySMS GratisJavaHotelsBanksCarsSoftwareEstateHaulierHotelsPubTaxiSMS gratisSMS GratisSageTranslationPop3SageSMS GratisSMS GratisSMS GratisSMS GratisSMS FreeFind UKDNS Belge

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Dominique Leone


In 1929, a young southern Californian girl got her hands on some of her father's bootlegged liquor. After drinking a brimming ½-cup full from a measuring cup she'd swiped from the kitchen cupboard, she staggered to her bedroom and fell onto her bed, landing spread eagle on her back. She lay as still as a stone. The Victrola in the corner of the room again and again said “thwpt" instead of “I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes" – the name of the song on the dark blue circle in the center of the record. Listening to that sound, and getting drunker by the minute, the young girl began to have a wild and lengthy auditory vision. Had she been sober enough to form coherent thoughts, or to even mutter a single world, she still wouldn't have been able to describe the noise she was hearing. Later, she would write in her journal that she was convinced she had heard exactly what music would sound like in the year 1980.
She was wrong. In fact, what she heard sounded very much like the music of Dominique Leone.

The problem with much of avant-garde music is that it is predicated on the assumption that abstraction is its own aesthetic reward. It doesn't value the pleasure to be found in of melody, sequence and drama. Thus, it appeals almost exclusively to collectors and status-seekers. And even they won't put it on the stereo unless there's someone around to baffle. That's why I hesitate to call Dominique Leone's music avant-garde – although it does deserve some kind of distinction for sounding different from anything else you've heard. But more than anything, it's a fun record. It's the kind of record that you play for all of your friends so you can watch their faces as they experience it for the first time.In that way, it's a populist record. It brings people together. To abbreviate that, Dominique Leone's music is pop music. Amid the keyboard freak-outs, noisebursts and haunting vocal expressions, this is a record unified by a commitment to inventive songcraft. If you listen hard enough, you'll hear traces of Paul McCartney, Ray Davies and Andy Partridge. Like those guys, Leone has made an album that is devoted to pleasing the listener. - Matt Gonzales Irland Australia Tyskland Østerrike Sveits Belgia Spania Portugal Tsjekkiske republikk Nederland Sverige Sør-Afrika Norge Malaysia Danmark Estland Polen USA Slovakia SMS GratisSMS GratuitSMS GratisSMS darmoweSMSSMS gratisSMS GratisSMS FreeSMS FreeSMS FreeDirectorySMS GratisJavaHotelsBanksCarsSoftwareEstateHaulierHotelsPubTaxiSMS gratisSMS GratisSageTranslationPop3SageSMS GratisSMS GratisSMS GratisSMS GratisSMS FreeFind UKDNS Belge
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