ARTIST - SPYCKER
CD - VOTED AWAY
Alternative Rock, Psychedelic Folk
Pavement, The Microphones. Big Star and Neva Dinova.
Songwriting Serspective, Signature Sound, Creepy Vibe
CD - VOTED AWAY
Genre: Alternative Rock, Psychedelic Folk
Sounds Like: Pavement, The Microphones. Big Star and Neva Dinova.
The Good: Songwriting Serspective, Signature Sound, Creepy Vibe
The Bad: Nothing to report
The Ugly: Nothing to report
The Band: 5 out of 5
The Music:4 out of 5
The Songs:4 out of 5
The Vibe: 3 out of 5
The Production: 5 out of 5
The Verdict: 4 out of 5
The ReviewFrom the Netherlands comes composer/songwriter Spycker (a/k/a Michiel Omtzigt) a hot up and comer based out of Europe with his unique spin on Alternative Rock and Psychedelic Folk. His music is steeped in a multidimensional fusion of folk rock, indie and 60s psychedelic rock in the spirit of heavyhearted forebears such as Syd Barrett and Elliott Smith. His latest CD “Voted Away” embraces the rich heritage of all of the above genres, while holding his own within his deep and versatile voice and clairvoyant writing style. All of this and more tie the album together nicely, even as the music skips around and delves into unsuspected territory. This is more than just alt-rock, I can even hear european style dub, and trippy pop woven within the musical fabric. The recording sessions took place in the home studio of producer Henk Jonkers (Hallo Venray, zZz, Daryll-Ann). Spycker: ‘The improvised set-up contributed to the ultimate feel of the album. As it turned out, a dilapidated guitar with ancient strings was ideal for the fragile sound of Screwdriver Crimes. And a vintage synth produced the perfect psychedelic finale for Mean Proportional.’ A variety of other resources were used: polyphonic background vocals, field recordings, distorted guitar solos and the unusual combination of toy piano, Aboriginal rain stick and a grandfather clock (Leave Me Wary). The album starts off with “A ridiculous Mind” a foggy ballad which is comparable to a musical swamp giving the listener a negative and mysterious premonition of things to come. All 10 tracks have everything the tile implies with secrets from the depth of Omtzigt’s psyche. Music reminds me of Pavement, The Microphones. Big Star and Neva Dinova. Next up is my favorite track on the set: “Mean Proportional” a thick bass driven piece with apocalyptic vocal flair from Omtzigt. Just when you think you got this guy pegged the next few tracks prove you wrong. “A Contemporary Classic”, “La naissance d'un fleuve” and “Leave me Wary” will blow you away. By track 5 this CD hits solid stride and keeps coming at you one track after the next. “Screwdriver Crimes” is also mixed with some theatrical sonic rock while “Blind Pig Blues” has a sad but true overtone with a ring of truth to it. After listening to “Voted Away” by Spycker (a/k/a Michiel Omtzigt) it’s evident to me his talents are far beyond what I imagined or even expected. He has a mysterious voice and look that many people will gravitate towards no doubt. His playing and production strokes are to the same level of his singing and the combination of vocals, rhythm section and guitar really brings it all together.
The Bottom Line Spycker (a/k/a Michiel Omtzigt) is a fresh new musical force to be reckoned out in Amsterdam and one would be wise to keep a watchful eye on him over the years to come. My hats off to Omtzigt for making the decision to write “real” music"
Andrew Vick edited by Markus Druery
Indieshark Music Critic