Dool – Here Now, There Then
I’ve said it before and I’ve said it again. There is nothing I love more than when a band comes my way that piques my interest, captivates me, and intrigues me. Lead by lead singer/guitarist Ryanne van Dorst and former Devil’s Blood members Micha Haring on drums and Job van de Zande on bass, Dool has created an ethereal, mystical, and at times sensual soundscape with their debut album Here Then, There Now.
In listening to the lead-off single “Oweynagat”, I can definitely hear the spirit and the vibe that The Devil’s Blood did so well. While Dool captures that same vibe and mood and while van Dorst even captures the sensuality and depth of Farida Lemuchi, they are far from being a mere Devil’s Blood off shoot. Songs like “Death of Love”, “Words of Paper”, and “The Alpha” are great representations of a band that is earnestly making their own mark on the face of a genre of music that at times seems to have grown overblown and tired.
Van Dorst’s mysterious and intriguing persona shine through in these performances and I found myself absolutely captivated. Lyrically the songs are poetic, dark, strong, gentle, aggressive, and just about any other mood you can conjure up. Dool’s music is so perfectly matched with the lyrical content that it creates a sort of narrative that drew me in and had me hanging on every note, every word, and every change of mood.
I’ll be honest. I generally hate writing album reviews because sometimes I just find myself searching for the words to express my feelings about a particular album. It’s the truly remarkable albums that seem to have reviews that pretty much write themselves. Dool is without a doubt a band that I will be keeping my eyes and ears open for in 2017 and beyond. If this debut is any indication of what they are capable of, I’m already looking forward to the future with this band.
For more on Dool, check them out at https://www.facebook.com/allthosewhowanderaredool