Sunday, January 30, 2005

Ones and Zeros, Dynah

Ones and Zeros, Dynah


Tall and thin, stringy, and lethally slack, Rion Basius possesses rock star bravado. He's Bowie, Jagger without the swagger, and Iggy Pop, a bit less strung out. He also does the most convincing cover of Pulp's “Common People.” You believe he's lived it, in the best fake British accent ever. But you don’t want to be the band that does this song, don’t listen to us. It's the greatest Brit-poser cover ever, yet Basius is the best in Texas to pull it off.
Ones and Zeros is full of cascading keyboard, layers of pop goodness, and Basius' attitude. He rails against labels and materialism and religion, but is determined to win popularity. He wants the trappings of stardom, to have the platform to rail against the mediocre. Yet, he's frustrated, he's misunderstood, at least, so he says. “What’s the use, where everyone determines where I stand?” he sings, “don’t know why I care.” It's hard being a Brit-pop alt-rocker in Texas, especially when he wants you to “lay me down, so what if I don’t pray?”
"Philosophy and a Kiss," defines Dynah in its title alone, but is also the standout song. Basius' philosophy may be a little petulant, a bit hard to swallow, but the music he writes around it is danceable, beautiful, and sexy. And it's just lovely pretend we're in Camden Market while hearing Dynah.

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