Singer/Songwriter BD Gottfried Releases “Onion Doves” LP

BD Gottfried doesn’t waste any time getting into the ethereal harmonies that will comprise the better part of his new album Onion Doves; in the epic “Truth, Such a Reality,” he establishes the theme of the record as being one centered on melodicism exclusively. Even though he’s a bit indulgent with the melding of lyrics and instrumental luster, his presence is undeniably potent and moving when he cuts through the broad-shouldered groove with a chorus that could turn anyone into an instant fan. His vocal is a powerhouse, even when concealed by surreal instrumentation of the most sophisticated strain.


“Bathing With the Sinners” and “Comic Book Messiah” venture further down the progressive path than the rather punkish title cut in Onion Doves does, but their use of excess is relative to the facilitation of the narrative here. “Followers of Disarray” and “9th Line of Beauty” can feel more like segues after a couple of listens, but there’s really no filler to be found in this tracklist. On the contrary, this is one of the more brilliantly efficient records I’ve listened to on the conceptual side this year, although I will say that it doesn’t play by the same rules its Canadian peers do.

Stylistically speaking, “Hurt,” “Appetite for Change” and ‘Dance of the Serpent Queen” are probably the most telling of the aesthetical complexities Gottfried wants to explore as a solo artist, although I don’t think they sum up who he is as an artist. To be frank, there’s enough here to suggest that his compositional technique is still evolving – just look at the ambitiousness of “Earth and Air” and the rather intriguing “Romancers of the Dark” for confirmation. Critics like myself have been holding out for a progressive effort like this for a while to much disappointment – up until this release hit record store shelves.


There’s a lot to unpack in BD Gottfried’s Onion Doves, but after giving it some consideration and more than a couple of dedicated listens, I think there’s really no debating whether or not it’s a critical achievement for its creator. Within the layers of storytelling and melodic showmanship, there’s a vulnerability in this tracklist that is all too rare to find on the FM dial in 2021, and with the right exposure from indie channels, I can see Gottfried finding himself a most welcome addition to American airwaves beyond the Canadian circuit he’s been coming up in.

Keri LaMunyon

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