ALBUM REVIEW: “Memory” by Books On Fate

September 25. 2012 | By Jennifer Shields

Books On Fate

Is that reverb? Echo? Whatever is being used to create this ethereal, wave-like sound is well crafted to carry the strong vocals of Adam Dishart (formerly of alt rock darlings The Catholic Comb – we know, we miss them too.) Now creating under the moniker Books On Fate, Dishart layers instruments precisely to individually shine without outshining each other. His voice, comparable to that of Pete Fijalkowski of Adorable or more recently Mikel Jollett of The Airborne Toxic Event, is soothing. And while well blended to more rock or shoegaze instrumentals in aforementioned bands, Dishart brilliantly couples his intonation with rhythms and harmonies likened to The Smiths or Echo and The Bunnymen.

Nine tracks of dreamy, goth pop richness satisfies the hole left behind by the untimely break up of The Catholic Comb with a twist of the here and now. Sink your greedy teeth into “Memory” first (which is convenient since it’s the first track on the album) and whether you’re already in love with Dishart or just getting to know him, be ready to tap your toe and smile away for the next 38 minutes.

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