How Doll Spirit Vessel meld dream-pop, grunge and shoegaze into a genre-bending explorative guitar approach

Doll Spirit Vessel

Philly indie rockers Doll Spirit Vessel pair two opposing schools of thought in guitar playing – the untrained and instinctual with the well-learned and intentional – to great effect on What Stays, the band’s debut album.

“My approach to guitar has always been very explorative,” says vocalist and guitarist Kati Malison, who sits in the former camp. “It’s not like I study chord shapes as much as just what I feel like sounds good, which I think for all the songs on this record was how I ended up writing them.”

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Jim Beaugez

Jim Beaugez has written about music for Rolling Stone, Smithsonian, Guitar World, Guitar Player and many other publications. He created My Life in Five Riffs, a multimedia documentary series for Guitar Player that traces contemporary artists back to their sources of inspiration, and previously spent a decade in the musical instruments industry.