Aaron Dooley’s solo debut record, Dooley Noted, is further proof that some of the headiest, gnarliest psychedelic music being made today is coming out of Colorado.
Dooley, who you may remember from his work with Osmium House, opens the door to his world, his inner psyche, with each and every track here. The recordings feel personally and carefully sculpted and guided by the artist, so you can explore the depths of his mysteriously enigmatic, yet kaleidoscopic imagination.
The sheer variety of mind-bending sounds on this record is simply stunning. Over the course of its 35 minutes, you hear everything from kosmiche funk freak-outs stomping into vibrant acid rock attacks, to ambient dreamscapes evolving into entranced passages of mutant spiritual jazz. This album is purely a pandora’s box of surprising musical flavors.
For example, after the killer Sun Ra-esque astral skronk of “CAT Scan,” “Oneiros” immediately envelops you with the warmth of its sauntering bass and skyrocketing sax (which is so calmed and pastoral, you’d swear it was a clarinet). Eventually, the track’s rhythm kicks into high gear with an erupting guitar solo, which leads the song into a chaotic fray, complete with fluttering flutes and machine gun percussion. How many other songs do you know can go from early ’70s Herbie Hancock to Hawkwind in under six minutes? This is a hell of a thrill ride, to say the least.
For the cosmically minded, Aaron Dooley has created a timelessly captivating record that never ceases to be wondrous and illuminating. Explore this incandescent album here.
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