Higher Ground by Dune Dogs: Review
Occasionally, music is such a cathartic experience that one minute of a social gathering may consist solely of idle chatter, but the next minute, with music playing, may feature a more animated exchange of words. I got enveloped in a wave of surf rock and reggae as soon as I heard the music of Dune Dogs and their delicious song “Higher Ground.” Referring to my earlier point, it is also the ideal song to end an argument and finally let people listen!
The gentle aspects of the guitars present in Higher Ground pertain to blues and a bit of math rock too. Hear me out, you ever feel like a scene from real life can directly correlate with music? Well, particularly the motion of clouds, or the flow of waves, can have a pleasant connection if a melody was attached to it. The guitar-driven lead elements, and how the bass playfully enters a trance in the song paint a proper picture within the mentioned scenarios. On top of that, the jazzy voice of the singer keeps the flow strong and it’s tough to back away from the charm of “Higher Ground.”
Man, if I had a nickel for every time I struggled to put a playlist in order while traversing a beach, I’d be drowning in gold. Glad that surf rock exists, and on top of that, musicians such as Dune Dogs are keeping that melodic norm alive. Cowabunga!
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Photo credits: Patty Duffey
Review by: Damien Reid