RIYL: Saintseneca, Floating Action
Label: We Buy Gold
A surprise release of â€śDr. Dog meat and potatoes.â€ť Nothing too fancy, but just what we needed from them. The title seems to say a lot about how they approached these songs.Â After over a decade evolving their sound, addingÂ more eccentricities and electronics along the wayâ€”theyÂ presented aÂ full-circle culminationÂ earlierÂ this year with theirÂ polished-pop-revamp of early experimental basement recordingsâ€”Dr. Dog stripped the bells and whistles offÂ their Pee-Weeâ€™s Playhouse, keeping the humbleÂ indie folk frame intact upon the foundation of Scott and Tobyâ€™s existentially contemplative writing.
If you skip out on or miss the cassette, Dr. Dog has made this latest release â€śname your priceâ€ť on Bandcamp, with 100% of proceedsÂ from digital sales going to Southern Poverty Law Center.
P.S. The Bandcamp artworkÂ could beÂ hinting at a vinyl release on the way in 2017!
[from Dr. Dogâ€™s website]
Have you ever wondered, â€śGee, I wonder when weâ€™ll hear some new Dr. Dog tunes?â€ť.
No, I donâ€™t think you have. In fact, no one has. We put out more music than the Wolfman and Frankenstein combined. Theyâ€™re lightweights. And now we have an even newer album. Gah? Thatâ€™s right. Itâ€™s called Abandoned Mansion and itâ€™s out today. Its a mood record. What I call Easy Peasy listening. Nothing too jarring or atonal. No blips or bloops or anything else that might unsettle you. Thereâ€™s plenty of upright bass for any of you tall people. And, also plenty of acoustic guitar for those of you trying to live off the grid. Oh, and the harmonies put Godâ€™s own angels to shame. Also lightweights. We did a song a day for two weeks. And, almost everything was tracked live, except for some pretty egregious organ clams that we had to punch in over. Thematically, this is Dr. Dog meat and potatoes. Our proverbial wheelhouse. Songs of the oldest questions. Songs as tools to finding oneself. And most importantly, songs of acceptance. Acceptance of yourself and acceptance of the others around you. Enough pontificating. The album is great and it wonâ€™t cost you an arm and a leg either. Unless, you are literally made out of money.
Speaking of money, itâ€™s been a shocking few weeks and while we didnâ€™t make the record with this intention it seems like a good time to try and help good people who are trying to do good things. If you buy a download of the album between now and the end of January, 100% of proceeds will go to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
You can stream Abandoned Mansion for free at Bandcamp
There is a limited edition cassette version of Abandoned Mansion. You can buy it here while they last.
Thatâ€™s it, we hope you love the record.
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive