Portland Oregon’s own indie dream Cowboy Dinosaur offer us their first full-length debut with Hyperbola, chock-full of mellow moods and starry feels. A great bouncing off point for newly recorded artists, all ten tunes are recorded to really get that relaxed spacey mood flowing for listeners.
‘Extremely digestible’ are the words that come to mind upon first listen, but more comes to light with more time spent inside the airy atmosphere of this record, while it gently caresses any anxious thoughts or fears that may be floating around. Hyperbola flows from radio-catchy tracks like “End of Days” and “Starry Night” (that feel a lot like a softer and more indie lovechild of Foo Fighters and The Tragically Hip is in the room) to total and utter soft-as-silk tunes “Dreaming” and “Waves.”
That’s where the hidden gem of this release is; in the moments where the band is in total blissful jam mode, and that’s what I’d like to hear more of. More relaxed tunes seem to be the real force here, where the band’s technical musicality shines through and the chemistry of the whole ensemble really comes together. A music teacher once told me, the only thing more difficult than playing as fast as your hands can play, and as hard as your body can work, is feeling the true weight of a piece, and making others feel it too. Technically difficult is one thing, but feeling your emotions and framing them constructively not only for yourself but for others, is a major skill. With the hugest Iron & Wine vibes, the aforementioned track “Waves” is the best example of this, and is definitely my favourite tune of the whole. The name is beyond appropriate, as the waves of peacefulness wash over you, and send away uneasiness of all kinds.
I can’t help but remember driving through old country roads as a kid, with my face pressed against the window staring up at the stars, while listening to this album. I’d be pleased to hear Cowboy Dinosaur find more of their uniqueness in the future, to give the world more pillowy soft tunes to bliss out to.
Written by Talia Plante
*edited by Danielle Kenedy