Three Hamburg boys are working out their vision of New Artrock almost unnoticed, presumably without even bothering about the term. The eleven tracks on "Happy Happy Apocalypse", A Dog Called Ego's second album, all function according to the same pattern: the guitars present the rhythms, sometimes with gentle fingerpicking, but mostly with rough, fast riffs. The singing comes when the songs lose tempo, take a break. The result is catchy melodies and reminiscent of the short Porcupine Tree songs from the "In Absentia" or "Deadwing" era. A Dog Called Ego avoid any solo. You can't find keyboards either. That narrows down the sound palette. The lack of stylistic range and the somewhat thin sound (understandable in a self-production) are the only criticisms. Because musically everything here is flawless, joyful and in love with detail. Since this album was only pressed in a 100 edition, please quickly surf on adogcalledego.com and take a look. It's worth it.
Top Track: Potocari