This is one of those albums that always seems right. You know what I mean, You look at all your records and think, what'll I put on? And there are one or two, that when you see their little faces beeming back at you, you know they won't let you down. Such a record is this.
To obtain this status a record has to have been out a while, the gleam of novelty or band of the moment to have faded. This was released in 2006, three years on it's still a regular listen, and I still get excited by it, still play it to friends, and if that friend don't like it, they go down a little in my estimation.
At first it seems strange that they to get categorized as a blues rock band. Thinking of blues rock brings to mind something stilted, dead at birth, a reference to a time long gone. On hearing this maybe it has something in common with what a first hearing of John Lee Hooker might have been, a glimpse in to new territories unfolding as you listened.
There also seems to be something of the cyclical, driving nature of kraut rock. This slight whiff of something psychedelic makes the music expansive, ambitious in a way that belies the garage acoustics. Though it's this garage, referencing of a punk aesthetic that gives the record a breathlessly exciting quality.
What is it about Domino that they seem to be able to find bands that promise so much, and then make good on that promise?