By Melanie Blankenburg
Dragonfly have been part of Nagoya’s music scene for roughly two years, and on March 17th they will release their first album “Guiding Lights” with a launch event at the Plastic Factory. Fortunately I was able to listen to all of the 8 acoustic rock tracks beforehand, and I can’t wait to tell you about them.
First of all an important and impressive fact: more than 40 people contributed over $2,000 in a crowdfunding-campaign to help Dragonfly with the production costs of “Guiding Lights”. So it is safe to say that there are a bunch of fans waiting eagerly for this album right now. And their money definitely didn’t go to waste. The overall quality of the album is really good, all instruments and vocals are very balanced and all tracks are very easy to listen to.
Speaking of tracks, Dragonfly did an amazing job in creating variety – or at least as much as one can create in the genre of acoustic rock. “Hold the Line” for example perfectly balances heavy guitar riffs and drums with soft vocals that underline the important message of the song: To believe in your own power to make the world a better place and to keep the faith, even if you sometimes stray from the path. “History” on the other hand has more of a country vibe and will make you feel like you’re sitting on the porch of an old farmhouse watching the sunset. It’s a song about memories, good and bad, and the important connection we have to the people surrounding us.
As a huge fan of acoustic music in general, my favorite song is definitely “Sunrise”. The most prominent instruments are the guitar and the strings – the best combination, hands down. It’ll make you feel warm and cozy and has a generally calming vibe to it.
Is “Guiding Lights” a groundbreaking album? No, but I am also pretty sure that nobody expected it to be. It’s solid, handmade music by people who obviously know what they are doing. A combination of great sound and touchingly honest lyrics that is worth your attention, which is why you should definitely be at the Plastic Factory on March 17th to be part of the album launch. Show support to our local music scene, meet great people and listen to some really good songs. You won’t regret it, I promise.