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Dune Blue breaks on through to the other side with "Breaks My Brain"

I could easily see Dune Blue’s gentle psychedelic odes to groovy laidback-itude finding favor with tie-dyed-slash-Hawaiian-shirt types ranging from Deadheads to Parrotheads to Sublime stans (RIP Bradley) meaning that card-carrying punk purists may be disinclined to check them out…  

…but hey let’s face it you probably got that dubious punk ID card from a promotional adon on the back of a box of Cocoa Puffs cuz I’m guessing you weren’t really hanging out outside CBGBs in 1976 or even 1996 (more likely you were hanging out in your delinquent brother’s unkempt bedroom ripping bong hits whilst listening to his cassingle of “Santeria” on repeat if you were even around in ’96 at all) not to mention Sonny the Cuckoo Bird is clearly a beatnik/burner type more inclined to Country Joe and the Fish than to Crass or Chaos UK but I digress… 

…the point being that every generation needs and deserves its own Edie Brickell and New Bohemians or the like in other words bands bringing a little edge and eccentricity to genres that too often have their edges sanded down by lazy imitators and Dune Blue (led by one Roland Mounier) fits the Brickell bill perfectly seeing as how they infuse some legit grit into their otherwise light roast blend of pastoral psych, easy skanking reggae and no-static-at-all Steely-Dan-esque smooth jazziness

…which first became apparent to me once I caught Dune Blue live a little while back and now it’s become even more apparent with the release of their latest single “Breaks My Brain” with it’s dub-inflected, reverb-laden, hazy-shade-of-late-summer vibe that perfectly puts across the song’s title phrase with woozy, wah-wah-pedal assisted atmospherics where all the sounds appear to melt together into one eternal sound…

…not to mention the little saxophone squiggles lurking around the edges and the little pools of shimmering, reverberating runoff hovering around every sonic surface which I’m thinking may relate to the song’s lyrical content and its fixation on flimsy permeable surfaces (using my way through a cellophane scene / losing my touch / recognize no reflection / cracks in the surface of a membrane dream)…

…surfaces prone to breakage when they’re placed under too much pressure (keep it up in a rush / I'll end up in pieces) but here’s the thing about “Break’s My Brain” it makes this breakage sound like it’s not entirely a bad thing and maybe even a good thing that is if you believe that nothing ever gets fixed properly until it gets broken properly (what breaks my brain / fills the space) just like those Marxists who subscribe to implosion theory

…and it’s a lesson I’ve taken to heart lately in muddling through a major life transition besides the notion of “no cure, no blame” is an oddly comforting one so if you’re so-inclined give the mellowy-yellowy good vibrations of Dune Blue’s “Breaks My Brain” a try not only because of the intriguing nuances under the surface but also cuz the surface itself provides some measure of solace in these turbulent times just be forewarned you may take to wearing bucket hats and making statements along the lines of “excuse me while I light this spliff” if you listen for too long on repeat. (Jason Lee)

   

Divino Niño “Papelito”

Divino Niño has released the final single, “Papelito”, from their forthcoming album, Last Spa on Earth, which is due out on September 23rd via Winspear.

The new single features a contribution from Enjoy (aka Wyatt Shears of The Garden) and is accompanied by the lyric video below.

You can help Divino Niño celebrate the release of Last Spa on Earth on October 9th at Lincoln Hall with Little Jesus.

   

Psych

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Weep Wave
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Psych

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19:00
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Weep Wave
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