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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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.
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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