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Review: Rose Pedal Division, “Sinking Ship”

July 2, 2010

Kevin Cheney, the mastermind behind the solo electronic act Ankhabar, has proven himself to have a toolbox loaded with diverse musical abilities, especially when one takes into consideration the recent release of Sinking Ship, the debut release of his side project Rose Pedal Division.  Throughout the course of this five-song EP, we’re treated to not only a look back at a classic era in music, but also an embrace of modern rock sensibilities, both of which come together beautifully to create a fantastic ride.

Opening track, “Call To Arms, ” is a fine introduction to the EP, with solid vocals and gritty guitars.  Almost instantly a strong grunge influence can be felt, recalling groups like Alice In Chains, one that seamlessly carries over into the slow burner, “Embrace, ” in addition to the follow-up songs, “Tecumseth, ” and, “Tell Her To Go.  ”  The latter two songs, in particular, showcase a wide range that goes from slow and raw to fast paced and exciting.  All of this, however, is merely setup for the closer, “When You, ” easily the finest song this EP has to offer.

My recommendation?  Don’t miss this.  Sinking Ship represents both an excellent achievement in the art of music, as well as an enticing treat of what’s to come.  It’s truly a standout in this musical environment, and I can’t wait to hear more.

You can purchase the Sinking Ship EP at http://www.rosepedaldivision.com, in addition to iTunes, Amazon mp3, Napster, Medianet, emusic and Rhapsody.

EDIT: It turns out, after speaking with Mr.  Cheney himself, that the aforementioned tracklisting is incorrect-while this is how it appears on Amazon, it’s not the originial order as presented on the physical copy of the EP itself.  It should actually read:

1 When You

2 Tecumseth

3 Embrace

4 Tell Her To Go

5 Call To Arms

Even though this author was wrong about the layout of the songs on the disc, this new order presents an all-new feel.  Opening with, “When You, ” a song labeled earlier as the best on the EP, is a brilliant choice, after which the diverse nature of Rose Pedal Division (and, subsequently, Kevin Cheney) is presented through the following three songs.  Closing with, “Call To Arms, ” now seems like an appropriate way to end this musical experience.  Credit must also be given to drummer Anthony Brown, who assisted on the recording with an unbelievable performance.

A quick note

March 29, 2010

It has occurred to me that I should be posting links to the music I blog about.  However, I don’t want to get caught up in some sort of copyright snafu, nor do I want to get embroiled in the whole anti-video embedding issue Damian from OK Go recently mentioned (by the way, they recently parted ways with their troubled label EMI), although a few videos have made their way onto my blog, such as, coincidentally, an OK Go video.

If you’re looking for the music I’ve been mentioning, your best bet would be to check out iTunes, YouTube (where you can usually find streaming versions of nearly every song you can think of), or, in the case of Semisonic, the $1.99 bin at Half Price Books (sorry Semisonic, you know I’ve got mad love for you).