MONDAY, AUGUST 08, 2011 |
Posted by: Gabby Green
Worchester, Massachusetts natives, DOM, radiate a shimmery summertime sound in their second EP, Family of Love. For the band's sophomore EP they have upgraded to a professional studio recording, working with Nicolas Vernhes who has previously mixed with Animal Collective, Deerhunter, and Dirty Projectors, to name just a few. However, thankfully, DOM hasn't lost the DIY technique that was so present in their first album, Sun Bronzed Greek Gods.
Refusing to reveal his last name, for fear of his enemies whom he owes money to, part of Dom's magnetism in both his story and his music styles is his mysteriousness. Sharing that the five-track album was inspired by Mariah Carey and David Bowie, it comes as close to bringing together "teeny-bop-meets-space rock kind of a thing" as it gets. Though the album has hazy chill wave undertones, it resurfaces with Dom's enthusiastically cheerful vocals and a Fun Machine Organ. The dial-tone solo and energetic vocals of the album's opener, "Telephone" and "Damn" recall the bouncy self-made experimentation from DOM's first album.
Dom might have taken the biggest risk with his Rebecca Black-esque monotone vocals and lyrics of "Happy Birthday Party," however this song is actually effervescently catchy. The teeny-bop "Happy Birthday Party" leads unexpectedly into the closing song, "Some Boys (featuring Emma)" which has a less than PG-13 subtext. Dom uses the vocals of his friend, Emma, to sing about a bunch of boys wanting "a chance to fuck me." Somehow though, with the whimsical instrumentals and Emma's nonchalant vocals, the song is sincere in its intentions and the highlight of the album. The washed out 60s electric guitar streams and overall poppy lo-fi sound make "Some Boys" one of the best tracks of this summer.
With two EPs in the past year, DOM has plans for a third EP in the upcoming months ahead, saying, "I want to pump out as many records as possible and actually make a difference in pop music. No matter how ADD it all sounds, the more I write, the more I really wanna do this thing." DOM doesnt meticulously prepare each song to perfection, but looking at their solid number of successful indie hits this year, his method clearly works for him.