Title: Every Waking Moment
Artist: Dr. Mindflip
Release Date:2014 July 29
Genre: Piano Pop
License: CC BY-NC-ND
Label: blocSonic / BandCamp

Introduction

With every waking Mindflip moment the good Doctor takes on a new adventure in his musical landscape.  This release sees him move from being a solo artist dubbing in percussion and other instruments as necessary to his work to having a full band backing him.

Every Waking Moment

On this release the cast of characters has expanded to include:

  • Doctor Mindflip:¬†vocals, piano, tenor horn, accordion
  • Mark O‚ÄôConnell:¬†backing¬†vocals, lead
  • Aidan Guilfoyle:¬†backing¬†vocals, upright, mandolin
  • Darryl O‚ÄôConnell:¬†backing¬†vocals, beats (drums), rototoms

There’s also a guest appearance by¬†Right-turn Ricky doing vocals on the opener: ‘Rootless’.

I think I’ve gushed enough about how much I love Dr. Mindflip’s works in my review of Is Itching To Play¬†back in May. ¬†And, all of those comments about his artistry and musicianship still apply.

This is still a very much Dr. Mindflip lead group:¬†these are still piano compositions, and the piano¬†remains front-and-center of¬†the group. However, there is a bit more going on with this release than with the previous releases. ¬†The band serves to bring out a lot of excellent interplay in¬†Dr. Mindlfip’s psychedelia.¬†The band¬†also brings out¬†more nuanced textures, such as a very jazzy feeling to ‘Took A Walk’ and very 70’s feeling in parts of ‘All time low’.

Overall, the addition the expansion into a full band has heightened the Dr. Mindflip experience.

Conclusion

Once again, Dr. Mindflip has produced an excellent recording.  All of the tracks are top-notch, and the expansion into a band has just added new dimensions and textures to the pieces.  It has just occurred to me when I started listening to this work, with this third release, Dr. Mindflip has officially released enough music to record a full length album.  And, given the strength of all three releases,it would be one helluva great album.

 

One last thing. ¬†Dr Mindflip has a Patreon page set up. ¬†This is an internet age twist on an old conept: patronage. ¬†The idea is to support him by making a per-song donation, similarly to the way composers back in the 1600’s through the 1800’s had patrons who would commission works from them. ¬†Check out Dr. Mindflip’s Patreon page. ¬†This is really a cool idea!

Dr. Mindflip: Every Waking Moment

Free / Name Your Price
8.5

Rating

8.5/10

Pros

  • Blocsonic release is free
  • Bandcamp is Name Your Price

Posted by George De Bruin

One Comment

  1. Love this review George, thanks a million for checking it out – glad you like the EP!

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