Detroit is well-known for its thriving local music scene, having produced quality musicians spanning everything from rock and pop to hip-hop and jazz – not to mention being Motown.
Anomaly is one of those in the local scene that created their style by blending jazz and rock elements into their songs.
With jazz harmonies infused into rock structures, Anomaly sets themselves apart. Anomaly is made up of frontman Dorian Turner, drummer Henry Potter and bassist Gene Freezer.
The trio’s July 2020 EP Lamentations 2.0 features their intricate jazz melodies combined with the Dinosaur Jr-eqsue vocal style all packaged in a rock song format. Turner’s unique vocal style runs the gambit from growls to melodic highs pushing his voice to the limit. Something that he aims to do with his instrument.
“The real beauty is in the fact that it doesn’t seem forced or unauthentic (notice the imperfections strewn haphazardly in his vocal takes,)” says a press release. “His voice sounds like it’s his voice, not a collection of other people’s voices that are well put together.”
Their recent EP consists of 6 songs and clocks in just north of 32 minutes long. I was blown away by the complex and intricate nature of the instrumentation. The talent of the harmonies takes a back seat once vocals begin.
When it comes down to it, Anomaly is worth a listen if you’re a fan of Dinosaur Jr and other raw vocal styles. We look forward to hearing future music from the band and seeing how their sound develops further into their career.