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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Don't sleep on the Dolldaze (Thurs. night at Drunken Unicorn)

If anybody remembers Michel'le, the late ’80s/early ’90s R&B singer who worked with (and eventually had a son by) producer Dr. Dre, you might understand why Atlanta-based songwriter and artist the Dolldaze reminds me of her.

They sound nothing alike, mind you. But Michel'le has this helium-high speaking voice that's the polar opposite of her rich, soulful singing voice. The difference in the Dolldaze's speaking and singing voices isn't quite that dramatic, but it's interesting to hear how her Southern, round-the-way accent totally disappears once she begins singing.

But trust, that's where the comparison between them ends. The self-penned song that the Dolldaze starts singing about 1:18 into the above video is one of the highlights from her recently released six-song EP, Acid Report: The Missing Peace. Titled "Let it Blow," it features her signature blend of classic rock and soul. The traces of flamenco in her guitar strumming combine with her vocals in a way that reminds me of Jefferson Airplane's Grace Slick singing "White Rabbit" for some odd reason. The alternating push-and-pull of the song's changing rhythms builds a nice bit of tension, too.

Download Acid Report: The Missing Peace for free.

The Dolldaze performs tonight as part of the Think New 9 line-up featuring Sidestreet Ked, Grand Prize Winners From Last Year, Innate Forte, Lundy, Richelle L. Brown, Rico Wade, Dungeoneze and Pobody's Nerfect. $10. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn, 736 Ponce de Leon Ave. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net.

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