Calgary, AB-based folk-rock band, The Dust Collectors consists of Matt Easton (lead vocals, lead guitar), Luke Giblin (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, mandolin), Steve Rozitis (bass, backing vocals), and Scott Stolee (drums, backing vocals).
The four-piece unveiled their debut EP, Filtered Gems, on January 27, 2023, via New Moon Records.
Consisting of Matt Easton (lead vocals, lead guitar), Luke Giblin (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, mandolin), Steve Rozitis (bass, backing vocals), and Scott Stolee (drums, backing vocals), each member
The EP features six tracks and runs just under 20 minutes. Beginning the release is the previous single, “Take A Dive,” which gives a wonderful introduction to the band’s sound.
“Dandelion” is the longest song on the release at just under 4 minutes. The vocals on this track are incredible, and when combined with the soulful tune and the violin solo, this is the highlight of the EP for me. With a country vibe, it showcases the band’s ability to cross genre borders while keeping true to their roots. Let’s face it, every album needs a song of heartbreak, and this is just that with lyrics, “Thought you were a flower, like a flower I watched you grow, left my heart out on the line, For all those hours, you became the girl I know, turned out you were a dandelion.”
Beginning with a mellow beat, “Old No. 9 Train” has a slow start and leaves you wondering what direction the band is going on the track. Once the vocals are added to the mix, however, it’s clear they knew all along what they were doing. Throughout the song, I found myself singing along with the somewhat bluesy lyrics, and my foot didn’t stop tapping once the beat showed its true colours.
“Better Times” shines with four-part harmonies and escalating drum beat. “All around you it shines, leading me and you to better times, So button up your coat and get back on that road, somewhere out there we will find our home,” lends hope to the listener while the band presents optimistic lyrics and storytelling.
Every track on this release has its place and showcases many sides of the band’s sound. Overall, an excellent debut for fans of many genres.
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