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Mandatory Enjoyment by Dummy


Mandatory Enjoyment

Release Date: Oct 22, 2021

Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Dream Pop, Experimental Rock, Noise Pop, Shoegaze

Record label: Trouble in Mind


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Album Review: Mandatory Enjoyment by Dummy

Great, Based on 2 Critics

Pitchfork - 76
Based on rating 7.6/10

Dummy has all the makings of a modern cult band. Formed in late 2018, the Los Angeles group have evolved noticeably in a short span of time, leaving behind the shivering avant-folk of their first EP and lo-fi video game music of EP2, recorded on an iPhone. Their debut full-length, Mandatory Enjoyment, is just as voracious, merging the band's key influences from 1990s noise-pop and early electronic psychedelia with ambient interludes that add welcome dynamics between bursts of frenzied instrumentation.

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Dusted Magazine
Opinion: Excellent

Mandatory Enjoyment by Dummy It's no accident that one of Dummy's most intriguing songs is called "Static X-Blanket," because this is a band that bangs you down hard then wraps you in a fuzzy blanket of hum. Their songs offer a weird, intoxicating mix of judder and solace, like Clinic on a micro-dose. A hard rain of eighth note strumming pounds down in tin roof clangor, but softness, sweetness and trippy good feelings permeate all.

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