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ELEKTROSKULL.COM (SWEDEN)

The United States in general and the New York region in particular is absolutely bursting with interesting electronic acts right now. The latest addition is The Dossier who are fronted by songwriter and producer Peter Riley – who when his previous indie project came to an end a few years ago realized one thing: he was tired of guitars. Or rather – he was tired of the side effects that often come with guitarbased music and its limited sound palette.

All said and done he hooked up with former band colleague Michael Parkin and featuring now is the duo’s debut album “Strange Arrangements” that features ten fairly tasteful (rock)spiced electronic pop songs with a sound that could be located somewhere in the borderland between Erasure and Hurts.

It should be mentioned that Peter Riley is not exactly a newcomer when it comes to synths and drum machines. As a teenager he served as part of electropop-act Joy Machine, whose basement recorded tapes many years later have found their way into various forums on the internet.

It’s very hard not to get carried away in the strong melodies and the grip-friendly choruses offered on here. The North American touch is ever-present in the often dense sound where guitars and powerful, epic drum arrangements are wrapped carefully in a blanket of analog bass lines, sleek synths, and an original and consistently strong vocal performance. 

The second track, the wistful “Another Night, Another Day” and also the third track “Tramps Like Us” gives me vibes of the Stockholm trio Lowe‘s later material. A well written electro ballad, “Dying Horses” , is also found in the middle where the other half then gives another couple of strong uptempo hits like “Give Me Your Name” and the catchy “Hotblooded”.  

Aside from a couple of iterations, I’m having a hard time finding many weaknesses on “Strange Arrangements”, which is an unusually strong debut album from a duo whose development is definitely worth following in the future.

Jens Attertrand


VANYALAND.COM


We’ve been a fan of Peter Riley’s lyrical brilliance ever since his New York City modern rock band Saintface dropped “Hudson & Day” back in the hungover mid-2000s. These days, he’s shed his guitars for synthesizers alongside fellow Saintfacer Michael Parkin (keyboards), and in The Dossier, creates the type of swirling synth-pop that smears lipstick with strobe lights and lights lips with disco sticks.

The Dossier, who we believe last performed live in Boston back at the pill’s 12th anniversary party in 2009, have a new record, Strange Arrangements, ready for release this fall. And the lead track off of that is “Give Me Your Name,” a new wave rollercoaster that has all the necessary Riley-isms, making us long for the days when Saintface’s Apartment Stories CD was permanently entrenched in our iPod playlists. In fact, the Strange Arrangements title is pulled right from a lyric off “Give Me Your Name.”

The music video, which premiered this week and is posted above, shows Riley and Parkin both on stage and running around a nearly abandoned New York City…which, to us, is the best kind of New York City. In “Give Me Your Name,” we’re also getting the best kind of Riley.

Michael Marotta


PREFIXMAG.COM

Singer Peter Riley first appeared to be enthralled with David Gahan’s deep croon in electro-pop act Joy Machine—a Depeche Mode bootleg even mistakenly included their song “Separate Ways” as an Exciter demo track called “Turning Away”—but adopted a Mozzy warble for his next group Saintface. His current group, The Dossier, marries the sounds of his two previous projects into something altogether more interesting.

Adam Brent Houghtaling


ALTERNATIVE M3 MEDICATION 

(on the Dying Horses Minutiae Mix)

What we know about The Dossier is their ability to pack punches pound for pound, but can they strip it down to the bare bones and still give us the thrills?

Indeedy yes! With Erasure cracking open yet more remix packages to their back catalogue I am in the mood to be fired up with vocals that ring ma bell like Andy's and Peter Riley doesn't disappoint on that account.  Add into the equation a heavily squelchy electro backdrop reminiscent of my fave Ultravox track "Vienna" topped off by pianomanic flourishes and I'd say that was pretty much an accurate description of what you'll be treating yourself to if you choose to snap it up.

Mandy Rogers


BILLY SUEDE 

Truth time. This post is truly from the heart. This is a band you must listen to now. I mean, right now. As in, five minutes ago, right now. This is The Dossier. They are the deep seedy underground of New York City. They are the freedom and exasperation that comes over you when “that song” comes on the dancefloor at the night’s apex. They simply are another example of why we get that lump in our throat when we talk about a song that made us cringe, laugh, cry and simply feel. 

Peter Riley and Michael Parkin emerged after the dissolution of one of NYC’s underappreciated treasures, Saintface. A pop band that wore its influences on its sleeves and was gushing with poptastic sounds to spare. Thankfully, the two friends who were the engine and heart of Saintface did not rest for long. They turned to the synthesizers and became proof that classic songwriting knows no instrumentation! To be honest, I could go all day extolling the virtues of The Dossier. Listen to “Sunrise” from their forthcoming debut Strange Arrangements, which will be a classic, I predict, and I defy you to leave this blog thinking this band isn't onto something. Only in New York...


 

EQ.COM 

I've got a hot one for you today EQs. 

Say hello to The Dossier.  They are a New York based electronica band who is a bit (well, more than a bit) reminiscent of Erasure and Depeche Mode.  I mean, my goodness just look at them - it's like the two bands morphed together.  This is what Erasure and Depeche Mode might sound and look like if the two collaborated together.  It's an obvious comparison, but I don't think the boys will mind one bit. 

Take a listen to their hot track "Another Night, Another Dayand I think you'll agree that these are some serious electronica beats to be reckoned with.  I am absolutely in love with the gorgeousness that is "Dying Horses" as well.  The Dossier are the type of band that makes me swoon with delight and I hope you'll all feel the same way about them as I do.

Make sure you stop by the boys page and leave them loads of nice comments - they deserve it and you can bet I'll be watching them rather closely.

Raj Rudolph