After four years, a new Dandy Warhols album has been in the works, and is set to release April 8th. The latest track from the album, Distortland, has surfaced, "You Are Killing Me." The track has lots of the qualities that have always been present in the mellowed-out, synth-filled dreamscapes the band has been known for since their first release, namely a full sound with lots of pleasant vocal remedies reminiscent of many early shoegaze and indie bands of the 90s and early 2000s.
What sets the Dandy Warhols apart is their ability to transcend and fuse rock sub-genres like Brit pop, new wave, shoegaze, folk, and garage rock. They don't sound lost in time, but rather as though they took a trip through rock history to create a revitalized collage of catchy tracks that embellish the best sound qualities of decades. Occasionally, the sound production even sounds like songs or particular instruments were recorded using classic tones from different music scenes and styles at different periods of time.The Dandy Warhols in the past have always promised a raw and vibrant sound, a perpetual catchiness, and a sort of sarcastic, fun, spaced-out, rage against coming-of-age with each song.
Lots of the residual and healthy doses of angst and nihilism drive the band to create something out of the messy, bohemian, proto-millennial collage of sounds. These harmonies soar high and never get dull compared to those of too many bands who try to do something similar but don't quite hit the nail on the head the way the Dandy Warhols do.
It's doubtful that the Dandy Warhols will hold back from their ambitions with the upcoming release, and chances are that Distortland will provide a solid array of soundscapes worth blasting whenever you're in search of some great tones, spacey pop songs, and awesome synth-fused homages to great sounds spanning four decades. It's with a lot of hope that the four talented musicians add some layered and riveting tracks to their 22-year-long repertoire of fuzzed-out dreamscapes with qualities that can sometimes be subtle but should never be taken for granted.