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Decibully - World Travels Fast
(Listening Party Records)
4 stars (out of 5 stars)
Reviewed: May 14, 2010

Review by Tony Bonyata

After fermenting four long years without any new music (due to label problems, personnel changes and personal issues), Milwaukee's other finest, Decibully, has thankfully responded with a new effort that is more experimental and larger in scope than anything they've released thus far.

World Travels Fast is the band's third full-length album and finds them toning down some of the late 19th century Americana folk vibe from their 2005 release Sing Out America! in favor of songs that have a newfound maturity with wide-eyed curiosity - which the band bravely explores as they forage into new territory. The album opens with an ambient clangor that soon pans into full cinemascope before giving way to a gentle acoustic guitar and singer William Seidel's angelic voice on "Broken Glass." The song rocks back and forth from heavenly bliss to splashing crescendos and sets the course for the band's new direction.

Like all of their music, the songs on World Travels Fast are tuneful and filled with achingly beautiful melodies, even when they're spiked with an exploratory rock edge as on "Don't Believe The Hype," "Live By The Lake," the electro-indie-funk of "Get In The Car" and, perhaps the record's strongest track, "Somewhere In The World." The album continues to ebb with the introspective acoustic title track and the ethereal love song "I Won't Be Without" and flow with the pounding rocker "Let's Not Fight" and brooding closer "If I Don't Work."

Blending acoustic instrumentation with more experimental electronic sounds and arrangements, while still holding onto their inherent sense of inventive song-craft, Decibully have created a lasting work of art in their slowly growing canon. Hopefully it won't take another four years to hear more like this from this remarkable band.

Decibully's World Travels Fast is available as a "Name Your Price" digital album download, and also as a limited double vinyl LP (which also includes the CD) through their website at:

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Decibully - Sing Out America! - Album review

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