CD review THE ALLIGATOR WINE ‘Demons of the Mind’

The Alligator Wine is an unusual band name and so is the music. Hailing from the hills of the Black Forest the duo, consisting of Thomas Teufel and Rob Vitacca, releases an album that features interesting music.

The duo challenged already existing frames with their first EP ‘The Flying Carousel’ and ‘Demons of the Mind’, the full-length album, shows a similar approach.

The longplayer features nine songs, all enrooted in ’70s Rock. The interesting fact is, that The Alligator Wine builds on these influences without using any guitars. Spiced-up with some Disco-effects (‘The Flying Carousel’) the duo creates interesting soundscapes. The sound of a Hammond organ, a Moog bass and a driving rhythm, that’s the base of The Alligator Wine.

It’s impressing how much of a sound density the duo can create with little means and how much their music rocks without having a single riff embedded. Songs like the dark ‘Lorane’ create a creepy Twin Peaks atmosphere, while ‘Shotgun’ is more of a rocking opener, exciting and with an hypnotic beat. It took me a while to discover the beauty of ‘Demons of the Mind’, but with each new round on the recordplayer things evolved and in the meantime tunes like ‘Mamae’ are earworms.

The Alligator Wine is an outfit I can recommend to fans of well-crafted and melodic Rock music that comes with nuances and twists that not necessary follow the standard recipe. And it’s exactly this divergence, being the extra spice that makes a difference.

Rating: 7 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Shotgun
  2. Crocodile Inn
  3. Voodoo
  4. The Million Slaves
  5. The Flying Carousel
  6. Lorane
  7. Dream Eyed Little Girl
  8. Mamae
  9. Sweetheart on Fire

Label: Century Media

Genre: Rock

Release Date EU: April 24th, 2020

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