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Dummy Announce New Album “Free Energy” due September 6th via Trouble In Mind – Share Lead Single “Nullspace” Plus UK Tour Dates | Single Feature

July 2, 2024

Dummy Announce New Album “Free Energy”

Due September 6th via Trouble In Mind

& Share Lead Single “Nullspace”

UK Tour Dates

3 years after the phenomenal release of “Mandatory Enjoyment“, Dummy returns with new music and details of a new album and suddenly anticipation for September excels.

Dummy — the Los Angeles band comprised of Alex Ewell, Emma Maatman, Nathan O’Dell, and Joe Trainor — announces its new album, Free Energy, out September 6th on Trouble In Mind Records, and shares the lead single/video, “Nullspace.”

Pop has always been a big part of Dummy’s sound, but it is described as manifesting differently on Free Energy. Sometimes it’s quite literal (and funny), such as the bubbly synth sequence made with a Korg EM1 popping all over lead single “Nullspace,” which features a melody written by O’Dell and is the song the band calls the record’s “sonic mission statement and really influenced by Mark Van Hoen, especially the cut-up dreamy dance-pop he was making on the Locust record Morning Light.

The track commences with this vivid bubble-like circular effect, punching through the soundscape with this joyous cadence, that initial pattern is then joined with the acoustic notes before a switch to the pounding drum kit. That switch in ferociousness continues to develop as the intensity electrifies, and the layers of the release flourish. The audience embraces the additional scratchy guitar that starts to add complexity to the structure and the drum shuffles escalate with fervour. As each musician joins the vision, the track is fuelled by consistent bass notes and deep tonal low-end. The vocal notes are positioned with this breezy nature in the buoyant back-and-forth nature of the harmonies.

There is a real focus on the nostalgic essence that exudes from this track, an air of lightness that can be compared to a 90’s timeless classic, the lightness is pinned with the lead rhythms and the complimenting dual harmonies elevating the lyrics and adding this ethereal touch to the arrangement.

Dummy has dropped a track which is rendered in dynamic, ambitious and explosive threads. Keeping this unpredictable element to their ensemble as they shift the power throughout and bring this tonal upheaval and energetic explosions to the composition when you least expect it. That key bubble-like experimental texture that bursts and laces the entire release slowly plays out the track, once silence is brought back into the audience world, the audience can step back to appreciate the sonic pathways that Dummy crafted just shy of 3 minutes.

Dummy delivers an intoxicating experience that transports the listener. Dummy continues to be today’s musical innovators, continuously pushing themselves to explore more within their worlds.

The band say of the song: “Nullspace was demoed just before the final studio sessions for the record. We worked out the instrumental that would bring everything together with a bubbly synth sequence on the Korg EM1. The drum machine was bought second-hand from a friend, years ago, and has ended up being integral to the band’s sound since our conception. The video was conceived, filmed and edited by Emma, who does all our visuals.

To us….”Nullspace” stands as the sonic mission statement of “Free Energy”.”

Dummy’s debut full-length Mandatory Enjoyment arrived in late 2021 and quickly became one of the year’s sleeper hits. Fans bought copies of Mandatory so quickly that Trouble in Mind couldn’t keep it in stock. Sub Pop Records also invited the band to contribute to their legendary Singles Club series. Bands loved Dummy, too, and the group were asked to open for Horsegirl, Botch, Black Country, New Road, Luna, Spirit of the Beehive, Dehd, Snooper, Sweeping Promises, Snail Mail, and more.

Where Mandatory Enjoyment was cerebral and lo-fi, the product of a lot of time inside, Free Energy is all movement, presence, and physicality. A creatively restless band, Dummy felt like they had done the best version of motorik pop that they could do, and wanted to get harder, dancier, a little more psychedelic. Ewell and Trainor began experimenting with home recording, using DAW as kind of an instrument for composition rather than simply a tool. O’Dell dug deeper into instrumental/sample composition, in addition to contributing more guitar leads. Maatman also steps into the spotlight in a big way, her vocals noticeably foregrounded and confident, adding to the live performance feel that forms the foundation of Free Energy. The result is a record that celebrates music’s ability to move the body, whether that be through a teeth-rattling wall of MBV-esque noise, a sticky pop chorus, or a joyous drum machine—or, if you’re Dummy, maybe all of them in the same song.

Additionally, Free Energy features guest appearances by friends Dummy has played with on tour, including Oakland-based saxophonist and electroacoustic artist Cole Pulice and Jen Powers of Powers / Rolin Duo, along with a series of field recordings the band made while on tour: the rushing of water, the rumbling of the van, indistinct voices, chirping birds; the sounds of mundanity rising to cacophony before petering out, treated no differently than the ecstatic rhythms, explosive hooks, and blissful ambient stretches that came before. If there is any key to understanding what makes Dummy such a compelling band, perhaps it is this: it’s all music to them.

Free Energy Tracklist:

1. Intro-UB
2. Soonish
3. Unshaped Road
4. Opaline Bubbletear
5. Blue Dada
6. Nullspace
7. Minus World
8. Dip In The Lake
9. Sudden Flutes
10. Psychic Battery
11. Nine Clean Nails
12. Godspin

Album Preorder: 

Dummy Tour Dates:

Thu. Oct. 31 – Breda, NL @ Mezz
Fri. Nov. 1 – Utrecht, NL @ ACU
Sat. Nov. 2 – Groningen, NL @ Vera Sun.
Nov. 3 – Nijmegen, NL @ Merleyn
Tue. Nov. 5 – Copenhagen, DK @ Loppen
Wed. Nov. 6 – Stockholm, SE @ Hus7
Thu. Nov. 7 – Oslo, NO @ Blå
Fri. Nov. 8 – Malmo, SE @ Plan B
Sat. Nov. 9 – Berlin, DE @ Synästhesie Festival
Sun. Nov. 10 – Warsaw, PL @ Chmury
Mon. Nov. 11 – Vienna, AT @ Arena
Tue. Nov. 12 – Salzburg, AT @ Rockhouse
Wed. Nov. 13 – Zurich, CH @ Bogen F
Thu. Nov. 14 – Annecy, FR @ La Brise Glace Festival
Fri. Nov. 15 – Dijon, FR @ Le Consortium
Sat. Nov. 16 – Rennes, FR @ Kool Thing Festival
Sun. Nov. 17 – Clermont Ferrand, FR @ La Coopérative de Mai
Tue. Nov. 19 – Marseille, FR @ L’Intermédiare
Wed. Nov. 20 – Lyon, FR @ Sonic
Thu. Nov. 21 – Bordeaux, FR @ Iboat
Fri. Nov. 22 – Angers, FR @ Joker’s Pub
Sun. Nov. 24 – Paris, FR @ La Boule Noire
Tue. Nov. 26 – London, UK @ Moth Club
Wed. Nov. 27 – Bristol, UK @ The Lanes
Thu. Nov. 28 – Coventry, UK @ Just Dropped In
Fri. Nov. 29 – Newcastle, UK @ The Lubber Fiend
Sun. Dec. 1 – Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
Mon. Dec. 2 – Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Pete’s
Tue. Dec. 3 – Leeds, UK @ Headrow House
Wed. Dec. 4 – Manchester, UK @ Yes
Thu. Dec. 5 – Brighton, UK @ Dust 



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