Title: Button EP
Released: May 17th, 2012
Label: Popical Island
Format: CD, Download
Genre: garage pop, indie
Dott formed in January of 2012, making them one of the newest acts I’ve stumbled upon, except for maybe Mountain Cult. They’re located in Galway, Ireland, and make up part of the Popical island Collective. Most of the tunes are written by Anna McCarthy, but the band is backed by the powerful force of Nicole, Laura and Tony. Their debut four track EP is due out very soon, so here’s an early look.
The genre description is fairly on the mark. It has a raw edge but maintains the sweet, catchy and easy accessibility of alternative pop music. Don’t let the word ‘pop’ throw you; this isn’t your obnoxious uber-over the top – mass produced pop, but rather, this is shimmering, new, refreshing and rocking garage pop. This is something to be heard. This is pure, unfiltered talent and it shines brilliantly through their original jams. I would even say that this falls more on the indie rock side of things, especially when you hear the first track, “Seen You Lately.” This song is a strong opener; it’s rich, but not overwhelming. It’s catchy, well formed, and features top form writing.
We move a bit more into the garage style with “Let’s Do It.” But, again, this doesn’t stray too far from the elements of classic pop. I mean, seriously, this is amazing genre blending. Neither side of the mix gets too far into itself, but rather, the pop bits are extremely well balanced with the garage foundations. This creates something so infections that one cannot help but like this song. Before I was even finished spinning this track for the first time, I was already getting the chorus in my head and singing along with it. “Let’s do it / let’s fall in love!” Absolutely.
“Leave Tonight” keeps the theme intact. It feels like it’s calling back to some prime, old school pop from the early 60s but spruces it up with some sweet indie flare. And our final track, “Cherry Blossom” at times, feels like a forgotten Breeders track; the vocals harmonize incredibly well here, fusing like liquid gold to the solid instrumentation. This track is a gem destined for great things.
Should you buy this? Fans of the Breeders, the Cranberries, Splendora, mid 90s garage rock, indie pop and catchy tunes in general will dig this. There’s not much to complain about here, and I think it is quite easy to see just why this band is gaining so much attention after forming five months ago. There’s talent here in every aspect of the band. So grab this EP while you can. It may go quickly.
4.8 out of 5.