DOT DASH: Proto Retro: LP/CD

Proto Retro represented my first encounter with Dot Dash and although it’s a name I knew, I didn’t really know what would come my way. The outcome was enjoyable and quite a surprise. It came across as melodic in the way of The Shins, with a bit of an edge, much like Trusty. With quite a firm power pop delivery, the lyrics also enhanced the listening experience due to the interesting word play and some notable humorous moments. It’s a subtle and quirky package, one which has led to me seeking out the preceding five albums to listen to. I’m glad I’m getting up to speed on the band. –Rich Cocksedge (TBM, [email protected], thebeautifulmusic.com)