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Review: Itchy Richie and the Burnin' Sensations – ‘Low, Slow, and Dark’

by admin August 26, 2020

Review: Itchy Richie and the Burnin' Sensations – ‘Low, Slow, and Dark’

A Fort Worth native and eclectic, DIY talent, Richard Keller is the heart and rough-cut soul of Itchy Richie and the Burnin' Sensations, a daring solo project of seemingly unlimited potential. Creating his own brand of rustic, guitar-driven rock, Keller goes where the songs take him, drawing on pop, rock, and electronic influences to forge his unrepentant sound.

In his first EP, ‘Low, Slow, and Dark’, Keller has decided to explore more electronic leanings, building beats and exploring the realities of modern life through the pulsing synths, sizzling guitars, and forlorn lyrics. Influenced by the likes of Depeche Mode, The Cure, The Ramones, Haim, and The Cardigans, Keller shows a knack for mixing nostalgic essence with passionate and unflinching creativity.

Recorded in his dining room, ‘Low, Slow, and Dark’ has a timeless, rustic sound that shines through four original tracks, creating a vivid indication of Keller’s talents. Opening cut ‘Isolation’ revels in a sweeping fury of synth tones that collide with a linger, and masterfully placed string of guitar chords. It’s a dark, expansive sound that sets a poignant backdrop for Keller’s vocals, creeping through the darkness to create an unyielding blend of the acoustic and digital worlds.

Second track ‘Dirge In The Dark’ follows in a similar vein, but with a far slower and more pervasive sound. The tempo is reduced, the weight is doubled, and as the emotion shines through with a clarity that belays the rough nature of the recording. Penultimate piece ‘90’ conjures up instant comparisons to early post-punk sounds, before rising into a lavish instrumental, setting the stage for ‘Irish Goodbye’ and it’s soft, closing remarks.

A release that shines a defiant light on mental health and the dark inner workings of the human psyche, ‘Low, Slow, and Dark’ announces Itchy Richie and the Burnin' Sensations as arguably one of Texas’ most promising new projects.

You can stream and purchase the full EP via Bandcamp, with $1 of every EP sold going to Foundation45, a DFW charity focused on mental health assistance and suicide prevention for musicians and their families.

Score: 8.5/10

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