“Phantom Lights”, from Calm Seas, Phantom Lights
Doctor Nurse is a San Jose band whose perfectionist (and laissez faire) attitude delayed this release for years. Besides a droning, 8 minute instrumental interlude (aptly called “Graveland”), the other songs have lyrics that shift between detailed, real life moments and abstract imagery. The melodies are catchy and replete with lingering qualities; the musicianship is tight, combining traditional tools with vintage synths like the Prophet-600 (Sequential Circuits). Occasional French horns, vibraphones, and organs round out certain choruses and flesh out the rest.
The 4 members (and 2 guest musicians) are multi-instrumentalists who sometimes rotate instruments depending on the track. The songs are fully developed compositions—which are short, laid-back garage rock tracks with psychadelic tinges and nostalgic vibes. The joint above, “Phantom Lights”, is a personal favorite which, I think, displays the sense of reverie found on Phantom Seas.
JB of Doctor Nurse, who plays guitar, sings, and writes all the songs, will be sharing an amazing interview he did with pioneering ’70s filmmaker, Jamaa Fanaka. This has been a long time in the making. Be ready.