Dust Moth’s debut EP Dragon Mouth is haunting, dark, enchanting, brooding, and laden with sullen harmonies filled with longing. It’s the kind of slow and heavy music you think I would like… and you’d be right.
Dust Moth’s front-woman Irene Barber’s vocals remind me a bit of Agent M’s from Tsunami Bomb and in fact the entire song “Casual Friends” sounded like it could have been a B-Side from The Definitive Act. They both have that lilting vocalization that borders on child-like at times, but still manages to sound 100% woman.
Being as this is Dust Moth’s debut EP there isn’t anything to compare it to, but what I can tell you is that is that I hear something in this band and that something is called potential. I hear the potential for this band to take what is already a great sound and evolve it into something even more intricate and beautiful. I hear the opportunity for good to become great. There is a quality to Dragon Mouth that feels promising or unexplored. Like this is just chapter one of what could become a rather great story.
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As far as first EPs go Dust Moth’s Dragon Mouth is really a treat. Already they sound mostly polished and together and the vocals are never fighting for attention over the music or vice versa. There is a great rhythm and flow that sits as a constant through out Dragon Mouth. The drumming comes across as crisp, the guitar work is just complex enough to keep with the tone of the EP as a whole and the bass consistently keeps a nice pace. Everything feels balanced and in harmony
All in all I really enjoy Dragon Mouth and recommend checking Dust Moth out. I feel like this is a band that could go on to put out some great albums and I can’t wait for their LP.