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Crooked House

by Dachshund

For their sophomore effort, Dachshund offers-up 13 tracks of shimmering, introspective guitar-based rock. Crooked House is a more ambitious album than their debut -- brimming with musical twists, evocative lyrics, and a natural outsider's sensibility.
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1. Landlocked State
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2. The Wedding Guest
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3. We Fall
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4. Only in My Dreams
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5. Gary
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6. Vices
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7. Stain
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8. Flowers Bloom
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9. Ichabod
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10. The Bird & the Lemming
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11. Vigilance
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12. Long History
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13. Factory
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Tulsa rock quartet Dachshund has never quite fit alongside their local peers. In a scene dominated by jazz, roots-rock, blues, and country, they pursue a less-trodden path, fusing the grooves of progressive-rock and new-wave to the hooks of classic '60s pop and the '90s underground. While their 2011 debut found them wearing their influences more-or-less on their sleeves, their 2016 follow-up, "Crooked House," finds them moving into territory more distinctively their own.

"Crooked House" is a strikingly atmospheric album, lush with shimmering reverb and sparkling layers of guitar. And yet, it vibrates with the visceral presence of a live performance. While the band has polished-up its recording-skills since 2011, the production-aesthetic here is strongly in service to the songs themselves; rather than indulge in too much studio-trickery, the band opts for a naturalistic approach that's just slightly more idealized than a straight-up live-in-studio recording.

Songwriters Ryan Dannar and Eric Hartley each have their own unique styles; Dannar often opts for a kind of Bowie-esque tunefulness, while Hartley's creations are often heavier and more direct. And yet, their styles complement each other well, and on "Crooked House" they often seem to be speaking from different ends of a kind of shared experience. Drummer Adam Karleskint and bassist Andy Jenson lend weight and authority to proceedings, bridging whatever stylistic gaps might otherwise be apparent with their nimble and persistent sense of groove.

Although the band is not calling "Crooked House" a concept album, there are some strong thematic threads woven throughout, addressing questions of identity, the role of the outsider, and the struggle to find meaning in a life lived outside the conservative Oklahoma norm.

Opening track "Landlocked State" handily sets the stage. By turns raucous and flowing, the song musically evokes the rolling hills and lakes and streams of Northeastern Oklahoma -- but Dannar turns these images against themselves, using them to describe a conflicted internal state of mind. What emerges is, on one level, a kind of love/hate letter to the band's native Oklahoma. But more than that, it's an existential expression of a near-(but not quite)-hopeless desire to escape from the repressive place one has no choice but to call home.

These threads resurface and develop in various ways throughout the album. In "The Wedding Guest" an invitation to a friend's wedding causes one lonely man to question such cultural institutions. In "We Fall," Hartley evokes the kind of numbing daily grind which spurs people toward vacuous escapism and chemical release. "Gary" finds Dannar examining a friendship which gradually turned sour. In "Stain," Hartley finds poetic resonance in the tragic aftermath of a car-accident.

The album's headier material is laced with a few all-out rockers -- "Vices" and "Vigilance" are nearly of a piece, constructed of chugging power-chords and an infectious quiet/loud dynamic. "Ichabod" is a serpentine evocation of a nightmare which stumbles into a campy, operatically-explosive chorus.

Closing out the set is "Factory," an epic barnburner which spins a sexually-charged sci-fi lyric over a bed of scrawling Sonic Youth guitars and a driving groove. At first loose and roiling with tension, then rushing headlong into an industrial-funk chorus, it's an unexpected but fitting end to this set.

With 13 tracks, "Crooked House" clocks-in at just under an hour. Lyrics may be found on the band's website, http://dachshundband.com.

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Samantha Martin-Gordon

Love IT!!
The album is, overall, awesome. There is a lot to say about these song, first of all, I believe that the songs, overall, are awesome. One thing to note is that the melodies in each track gives you an intimate feel and yet, at the same time they feel encouraging. One thing about the album is that it is interesting. One thing you should know is that the album feels diverse. The tracks are no doubt powerful. When I am listening to certain songs, the lyrics feels very encouraging. From my point of view, I feel that the music you have created is catchy. One thing to note is that the music is awesome. There are many positive things about this album.. Thank you for creating it and sharing.
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Steven Hillhouse

Benn waiting for this
I've listened to this band for a long time now, and one thing is certain, in a time when music is starting to blend together and sound the same, Dachshund's new album "Crooked House" is as refreshing as it is innovative. I was amazed at how fluid the album is right from the get-go. If you are missing the heavy guitar from the grunge era, or you are looking for something more technical, Thom Yorke style, this band delivers it in all one place. Please, do yourself a favor and buy this album. Nothing is more satisfying than hearing a band that is on the verge of greatness.
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Miles2Go

Another Gem from Tulsa Originals
One of the gems of the Tulsa live music scene, Dachshund confirm their status as one of the premier local bands in Oklahoma who deserve to grow their fan-base exponentially beyond the borders of their home state with their latest release, Crooked House.

This sophomore album finds the band evolving as it merges different musical styles (classic rock, 90's alt. rock and grunge, etc...) into a modern, cohesive, idiosyncratic whole. Each listener is sure to find his or her own musical touchstones as he or she is enveloped by the unique soundscape of this album. Perhaps more than anything, it envokes the sensation of a great outdoor rock concert festival experience, beer in hand, wind in your hair, and a community of souls all united for the duration of a song or a set.
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