Release Date: Jul 31, 2012
Record label: HOT Records
The best moments on the second LP by Dhani Harrison's band recall his dad, George, without sounding like him – "Staring Out to Sea," with co-vocals by Ben Harper, evokes the uneasy bliss of "Long, Long, Long" amid dubstep wub-wub. The future-shocked verses and digital wheedling often miss their marks, but as a vehicle for Harrison's soulful voice, the band is a work-in-progress worth watching.Listen to 'thefearofmissingout': .
Since its inception, thenewno2 has felt like a band in search of an identity. Their debut album, You Are Here, was an insular indie rock affair, full of catchy riffs and atmospheric touches. Last year’s EP002 was all over the map, ranging from the rap-infused Mr. President to the melancholy buildup of Live A Lie.
After spending much of the last two years in Americana rock band Fistful of Mercy, Dhani Harrison has fully revived his initial music project, the electronica/trip-hop band thenewno2 (named after a character in the classic cult UK TV show The Prisoner). Thefearofmissingout is the band’s first album since 2008’s You Are Here, though a four-track EP, the aptly-named EP002, was released last year. The current lineup of the band features Harrison, Paul Hicks, Nick Fyffe, Jonathan Sadoff, Jeremy Faccone, and Frank Zummo, blending together traditional rock instruments — guitar, bass, and drums — with keyboards, samples, and assorted random noises.
Let’s face it: being the progeny of a rock and roll legend probably has more disadvantages than perks. Being the son of a Beatle is likely all the more stress-inducing if one is trying to survive as a recording artist without the assistance of a trust fund. John Lennon’s offspring and Paul McCartney’s son (his name is James, by the way) have offered respectable releases, but have largely suffered the misfortune of having to follow in their fathers’ footsteps.
Skimming over thenewno2?s past three years, it’s tough to figure out what exactly Dhani Harrison and Paul Hicks are out to accomplish with their nearly unclassifiable music. Harrison’s father was a Beatle, Hicks makes electronic music, and the collective has featured Regina Spektor and dabbled in rap. None of it seems to add up. 2009’s You Are Here received a warm welcome from critics, though adjectives and genres used ranged from Beck comparisons to psychedelic rock to light trip-hop.
Dhani Harrison and company's second album plays things too safely. Martin Aston 2012 Anyone named after the sixth and seventh note of the Indian music scale ('dha' and 'ni') probably has interesting and musical parents. Thenewno2 lynchpin Dhani Harrison’s dad is late Beatle George, which explains not just his visual resemblance to dad but also the predilection for gently weeping melody and Beatles-y texture.