I probably found this album in the wrong season, but if past trends are any indication I’ll still be listening to it by the time summer rolls back to my part of the world. This track is probably my favorite off their debut tape from Haju Tapes, which had a limited physical release back in 2016. This kind of music is a little bit of a departure from Haju Tapes usual fare of chilled-out glitchy instrumentals, but obviously whoever they have picking things out has a good ear which is about all you can ask for in a label. I typically like to link to the place where you can support the artist if I can find it, but I was pretty tempted to use this video I found, which I don’t think came from the band but is a pretty good approximation of the scene I’m imagining when I’m listening to this and pretending not to be surrounded by snow and ice. Also, I wish I still had my Toyota Avalon with a tape deck and that time didn’t move quite as fast as it seems to.
Dopamine is the lead single DIIV released in advance of a double LP Is The Is Are that came out in February 2016 on Captured Tracks. This was a tough one to pick just one track, but I’ve been humming Dopamine since I’ve heard it so it won out in the end, although “Healthy Moon” and “Valentine” were close behind. DIIV is the brainchild of Zachary Cole Smith which he formed in 2011 following his departure from the touring lineup of Beach Fossils. He’s joined live by Andrew Bailey and and Ben Wolf, though it’s unclear who was present for the recording since Smith, who played both drums and guitar at various times for Beach Fossils, could have recorded multiple tracks. In addition to digital media from Bandcamp, Is The Is Are is also being released on LP, CD, and cassette, all of which can be purchased at this link. You can check out their debut, Oshin on Bandcamp as well and be sure to keep an eye out for them on the festival circuit this summer. A full list of their upcoming gigs can be found here.
Plateaus comprises Chris Rosi, Elliot Moeller, Jon Green, and Kevin Gist, who have been active since around 2011. Do It For You was released as a single on Hozac Records in 2012 and appears on their self-titled debut put out by Art Fag Recordings that same year. Those familiar with Hozac won’t be surprised to find these guys in their catalog, since Hozac has been putting out lo-fi gems for the better part of a decade, including work by Heavy Times and Radar Eyes. For fans of Jay Reatard and Ty Seagall, this should be a welcome addition to your collection. You can find more updates about tours and new releases on their Facebook page, and if your curious this track also has a kick-ass music video.