Dentist Shakes Things Up With A Little Bit of Surf Rock
Summertime. It’s what you make of it; from the rising temperatures to making a trip to the beach. Lately, I’ve been finding myself wanting to escape to elsewhere. Pop music blurs together and once in a blue moon, a rising band will catch my attention and take me into another world. New Jersey-based band, Dentist, showcase their blend of surf rock and indie pop to match my mood. One second, I’m swaying along as vocalist and rhythm guitarist Emily Bornemann delivers me unto a new and mythical place. Of course, one can’t do it by themselves. Justin Bornemann (guitar), Nick Kaelbein (bass), and Rudy Meier (drums) display their musical craftsmanship in an epic and soothing tone on their sophomore album, Ceilings.
Stand outs from me include “Meet You There (In Delaware)” and “Over and Over.” The former’s echo this steady pace of picking up your stuff and readying yourself to begin a new venture to elsewhere. The latter is quite melancholic, and is quite possibly my favorite. Whether it be Emily’s ethereal, heavenly vocals that enchant me, I can’t help but feel this bit of hope resonating in this bittersweet song. For the record, I did shed a tear after listening to the beauty of “Over and Over” when the world seemed still. Not all is surf rock and sunshine; “Digging Up The Dog” has a laid back acoustic approach, giving cred to this still blooming indie band. Sometimes it’s easy to lose interest in an album — certain tracks are noticeable fillers but, to me, there are no tracks that fill the cracks in Ceilings. The roof may come down when songs like “You Say” and “Awful” come on, but after the debris settles, “Joel” and “Air Vent” will be there to pick up the pieces. When it all comes down to push and shove, Dentist puts out dreamy and ethereal music that seemingly exists to drop a dose of sunshine in your life.
Ceilings is out now via Little Dickman Records! Stream the album below!