The Diogenes Club…according to our good friends at Wikipedia is a fictional gentleman’s club orginated by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who some of you may know as the author of the classic Sherlock Holmes novels. No, it’s not the wildest strip club on earth in the late 19th century, but a gentleman’s club in the classic sense…a place that called for absolute quiet so gentlemen of the day could go and read in peace. The myth has continued through the years and rumors have swirled that it is a club where the most secret and odd branches of the British Secret Service went to discuss matters outside the normal scope of national intelligence…secrets of the paranormal and the occult.
No word on whether or not this Brighton, UK outfit was inspired by this same club in naming their band, but my guess is a resounding yes!
The Ageless is a track that instantly stands out with a chunky phased guitar riff propelling the rhythm section that soon breaks into the song with a funky airiness. The song lumbers along through the verse, with some very pure and clean vocals dashed up with a nice touch of delay. So we heard this song and we were like, alright, this is pretty chill, but it really hits home in the chorus. At 1:01 through the song, the whole feel of the song changes into a sunrise coming up over the horizon on the beach. A wall of Fred Falke-esque pads rides on top of the beat with a descending bassline driving the feel of the whole chorus, giving it that dreamy and finite vibe. It’s like, the sun is coming, it is inevitable, we can’t stop it, embrace it.
My favorite part is the beautiful delay patterns that are playing with the vocals in the chorus. Especially the chorus that happens in the late third minute mark, and then at 4:05 where the drums come back in. It’s pure dreamy shoegaze bliss.
You’ve probably seen this track posted about in a handful of other places around the blogosphere, and the band has done a great job of getting the word out about their new EP, Do You Know How To Feel It?, out on UrbanTorque Records. We wish all the best to these guys.
Josh and I have actually been following these guys for awhile now. If you recall, we put a Diogenes Club remix of Casio Social Club on our Dreamwave Hour 2 by NightWaves. And there have been a few other remixes that really caught our attention early on. This is my favorite.
This song is way dreamwave. A nice filtered drum beat kicks the song off with some ghostly breezy pads wash over it, leading into a bouncy laid-back synth bass line that will get you bouncing along with it. Enter some vocoded vox singing a sad lovesick melody. Continue for 30 seconds. And then boom…a descending harpsichordy synth line that leads into a super chill dreamwave chorus. Back to the verse. Then back into the chorus, this time with some Van Halen Jupiter-8 synths accenting the track in the most perfect way. Its beautiful.
I wish I could write more about it…but I think this one is best left enjoyed in solidarity.