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Dish: 'Cold Is'

In addition to sharing a similar upbringing, brothers Roberto and Nathaniel Aguilar now have the same career trajectory as the two main players in the Florida-based band Dish. At a healthy sixteen tracks, Ma Raison De Vivre Ton Amour, is nearly an hour long, which gives the duo plenty of opportunities to explore its talents. From the robust and lively percussion segments and the echoing vocals in "I Saw A Bird," to the more somber sound of "I Will Run For Our Love," their debut LP showcases a broad range of tempos and moods. With the help of a few guest players and the inclusion of the viola, lap steel, upright bass, mandolin, and piano, "Letter To You" has a rich sound characteristic of the 8-piece indie-pop-orchestral band Margot and the Nuclear So and So's.

Unexpected polyrhythms are the hallmark of Dish's unique sound. Nathaniel regularly incorporates random found objects like pieces of sheet metal, gutter pipes, pots, pans, and hubcaps in the mix. Far from sounding like an amateur drummer or a street performer banging away on overturned buckets, Nathaniel successfully navigates his expansive 'drum kit' in creative ways. Whether whimsical, minimalist, or powerful, the various percussion styles effectively mimic the mood of each song on Ma Raison De Vivre Ton Amour.

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