Musical analogues: Al Kooper, Ray Cooder, etc.
Album genres: contemporary musical polystylistics
Written and arranged by Dima Pronin and The Dopies
Record participants: Dima Pronin – guitar, vocals; Sergey “Rovny” Belyaev – bass; Jenya Korotkov – keyboards; Arkady Marto – keyboards; Masha “SadMe” Prokofyeva – vocals; Katya Budnyak – vocals; Dima Golubev – vocals; Tanya Martynova – vocals; Boris Nazarov – vocals; Oleg Boyko – vocals, acoustic guitar; Vladimir Yarko – drums; Pavel Koots – saxophone.
Recorded in 2004-2012 / Released in 2012
Catalogue number: AB-CD-11-2012-037
Languages o the booklet: Russian, English
Publishing House: OOO “ArtBeat”, 127051, Moscow, Trubnaya st., 32, building 4
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The first album of a well-known Russian network project, founded in 2004 only for creative leisure of the participants. But the musicians gathered are very professional and here is the result of their work.
Album reviewThe disc tempted to call esoteric: clearness of sound is only a disguise and to catch the message fine tuning of hearing is required. At first sight, the disc is soft club Eurojazz with funky elements that remind of such groups as Rare Earth, Can (not without Jimmy Page, of course!). Compositions differs a lot one from another, many have several...
...layers and some of them are oddly cut off that has been done purposely: a listener is like being lured into a house of dreams. Arrangements are executed in reasonable minimalism, nothing beyond what is necessary: guitar, keyboards, vocals, sometimes brass instruments, minimum of percussion (though it can be more). In some moments it is almost lounge music, but there are two potential hits: “Summer Morning” (those who have heard Jen Cloher will hear something familiar) and “I Can’t Be Sure of Nothing”. Although many would like catchy “Boleskine House”.
As a result, it is music for a sophisticated listener, who understands cold and meditative guitar to the glass of whiskey that clearing the mind – and the more you listen to it the more you want…”
The lately released at “ArtBeat Music” disc “The Dopies” is unique as all its tracks are very diverse, an unlimited variety of styles! Of course, it is a problem for merchandisers as they will rack their brains what shell to place the disc on. Although it will be a good present for music lovers as each of them will find something for himself.
I have got the impression of good studio jam when musicians, sitting opposite each other, throw, «Is it too much for you to play funk?” – “Nope” – “And country?” – “Get it” – “And lounge?” – “No problem”. And really, without any problems they play funk, rock, lounge, country and many other things… everything is played with drive, excellently, knowing the subject and with sense of style. The musicians enjoy playing and convey the feeling to listeners The quality of record allows to do it impeccably – as if you are in the studio together with the performers and participate in the jam…??