Tol-Puddle Martyrs featuring Peter Rechter, “One Drop In the Ocean” (2018): One Track Mind

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Fronted by singer, songwriter and keyboardist Peter Rechter, the Australian-based Tol-Puddle Martyrs arrived on the scene during the latter half of the ’60s. The band instantly wowed regional crowds with their psychedelic-infested pop rock sounds with tunes such as “Time Will Come” and “Social Cell” gathering the greatest amount of visibility.

Tol-Puddle Martyrs broke up as the decade drew to close, but were clearly not forgotten. Buoyed by the worldwide rediscovery of their music, the band reunited in the early 2000s. Since then, they have released four critically approved full-length albums. By no means a mere oldies act, the band authors and performs new original material that even surpasses the superb stuff they created in their initial incarnation.

Produced and filmed by noted musician Joe Mandica, “One Drop In the Ocean” is a video of a track heard on the band’s most recent album Polyphony, which was issued in 2016.

A cozy setting, enhanced by a fire burning in the fireplace, engulfs the visuals. Projecting a cool and classy demeanor, Peter busts some pretty smooth moves, swaying comfortably in time to the music. And seeing Peter jam on the piano is an extra treat!

Shepherded by a sure and steady drive, “One Drop In the Ocean” contains all the fitting substances found in radio-friendly pop rock. Keenly chiseled and immediately accessible, the lilting song revolves around an irresistible refrain, glittery melodies and sharp and synchronized instrumentation. Peter’s catchy and vibrant vocals, which faultlessly match the mood of the number, are in tip-top shape.

Rich with harmony and motion, “One Drop In The Ocean” unfurls a feel for bands like the Kinks and the Zombies, while maintaining a unique and transcendent persona. Here’s to a standing ovation!

Beverly Paterson

Beverly Paterson

Beverly Paterson was born the day Ben E. King hit No. 4 with "Stand By Me" -- which is actually one of her favorite songs, especially John Lennon's version. She's contributed to Lance Monthly and Amplifier, and served as Rock Beat International's associate editor. Paterson has also published Inside Out, and Twist & Shake. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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