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Dummy Sign to Trouble in Mind + Announce New Album “Mandatory Enjoyment” due 22nd October & Share New Single

August 4, 2021



Sign to Trouble in Mind and announce new album,
Mandatory Enjoyment out 22nd October

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 ambiance 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.

Listen to lead single “Daffodils” streaming below:

Scratchy yet fierce guitars immediately surround the audience and set the inital ambiance, as the exploration grows and the scale of the arrangement builds with ease, the musicians unite to provide this immersive rich, and bright creation. Delicate high-reaching vocal notes collaborate with the energetic dual-vocals, bringing the high tones with the burning brooding baritone notes to emphasize the lyrics. The dynamic drum rolls emerge with this gritty attitude and immediately pushes the ensemble into the midst of the high-octane journey, whilst the soaring synth notes pierce the atmosphere with this dramatic inclusion, unafraid to take the center stage with the experimental tonality.

The first taste of their forthcoming record allows the audience to understand the explosive reaction of this plentiful force. Dummy delivers intoxicating arrangements with a fearless commitment to their impressive energy. The power of “Daffodils” obliterates the audience’s sense. We hear each layer and each attribute of the ensemble but the ferocious vigor of each musician ramps up the general intensive passages and that force hits the audience like no other. The adventurous side of Dummy is about to hypnotize all.

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”.

RIYL: Silver Apples, Laraaji, Velvet Underground, Stereolab, Cluster, Antena, My Bloody Valentine, Haruomi Hosono, Carl Sagan, Yo La Tengo, Finis Africae, Midori Takada

Recorded at Home by Dummy & at Studio 22 by Joo-joo Ashworth (Automatic, Gum Country, Froth)


01 / Protostar
02 / Fissured Ceramics
03 / Final Weapon
04 / Punk Product #4
05 / Cloud Pleaser
06 / H.V.A.C.
07 / Tapestry Distortion
08 / Unremarkable Wilderness
09 / Daffodils
10 / X-Static Blanket
11 / Aluminum In Retrograde
12 / Atonal Poem


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