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Mandatory Enjoyment

by Dummy

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about

Los Angeles band Dummy refuses to slow down. After releasing two cassette EP’s in 2020 (on Popwig and Born Yesterday respectively), Dummy’s debut full-length album arrives via Chicago’s Trouble in Mind Records. Employing pummeling guitars and celestial ambience within the same breath, the band folds a myriad of reference points into their drone-pop style. Influence from '60s melodicism and '90s UK noise pop can be found woven in with inspiration from spiritual jazz, Japanese new age, and Italian minimalism.

Dummy dodges the brooding, dark, dramatic tropes of contemporary "artistic" music often found in punk, experimental, and electronic, instead insisting on joyous and euphoric sonic palettes. They refuse to be artistically stagnant, continuously shifting their approach to writing across 12 tracks. Shaped by performances around Los Angeles in 2019, songs like "Daffodils" and "Fissured Ceramics" feature relentless driving energy and ample psychedelic noise. Elsewhere, Dummy counterbalances the aggression with meditative synthscapes focused on sound design and studio experimentation, like on the motorik "X-Static Blanket". Finally, centerpiece "H.V.A.C." and the album's final track, "Atonal Poem", seek to synthesize these two poles, offering multi-part journeys through uncharted sonic territory.

In contrast to blissed-out instrumentation, Dummy's sardonic lyricism examines "the burden of modern life, consumerism, environmental collapse, alienation, and other anxieties born out of living in this absurd moment in history". Interior design, marine pollution, the psychology of commercial architecture, and nuclear testing are all featured subjects. Dummy's restless creativity keeps them moving ever-forward, continuously challenging themselves and pushing their sound into exciting and exhilarating places. This is - as the album title suggests - "Mandatory Enjoyment".

credits

released October 22, 2021

Dummy: Alex, Emma, Joe & Nathan.

Recorded at 1351 and Studio 22
Recorded, produced, mixed by Joo-Joo Ashworth and Dummy.
Midi flute on "Final Weapon" by Joe Stevens
Backing vocals on "Cloud Pleaser" by Gina Negrini
Art & Layout by Emma
Mr. Dummy by David Van

Thanks: Lisa & Bill Roe, Joo-Joo Ashworth, Greg and Kevin at Born Yesterday, Justice at Popwig, Alan Everhart, Joe Stevens, David Van, Gina Negrini, Zach Inscho, Joon Voight, Sammie Pearson, Non Plus Ultra, Lionel Williams, Marina Aguerre, Jes and Mariana at Bandcamp, and everyone who has listened to, wrote about, booked or supported us in any way. We are truly grateful.

Listen: Listen: Mo Dotti, NIGHTSHIFT, Smoke Bellow, Blue Ocean, AV Moves, Omni Gardens, Jock Gang, Lifeguard, Les Halles, Mope Grooves, Shaki Tavi, UV-TV, Posmic, Dylan Moon, Blue Zero, Gum Country, Versing, All Hits, Laraaji, Gold Cage, Stuck, SiP, Dream Crease, Bookhouse, DWP, Toner, Entry, Caution, Green-House, Automatic, Documa, FACS, Landing, Los Dolores and Peel Dream Magazine.

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