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The press release for Wake up to the Waves – the first full-length album from Dublin electronic two-piece Last Days of 1984 – says the duo “are influenced by afro-beat, chill out music and tropical electronica.” To me, this seems like a rather long-winded and contrived way of saying “Animal Collective” but, hey, you know me. I’m all about getting to the point.

A couple of years ago when the indie media was collectively shitting itself over Merriweather Post Pavillion, I was literally (and by ‘literally’ I mean ‘figuratively’) swamped with PR for bands calling them the ‘next Animal Collective’ or some equally horrendous prospect. Before Animal Collective it was Radiohead. I don’t know who it is now, probably Azealia Banks or whatever number of photogenic, post-ironic blog bait douchebags it currently takes to suck Dilla’s dick.

Which is why it’s so refreshing to hear a band come along with such obvious smug indie douche credentials and make a conscious effort to downplay them and let people just judge for themselves. Yes, ‘River’s Edge’ sounds like Brian Rice and Darren Moloney spent their entire college experience listening to ‘My Girls’ on repeat and asking themselves just how do they DO that? But when the execution is so perfect and the result such a sweet, fluffy cloud of off-kilter Brian Wilsony pop, it’s hard not to laugh at the indie media’s myopic obsession with originality.

(For the record, the rest of the album does incorporate the aforementioned afrobeat and tropical influences – a bit clumsily at times – but it is a fantastic record. Pick it up on May 4th, anyway, anyhow.)

Last Days of 1984: River’s Edge from Osaka Records on Vimeo.





Aids
04.22.12
" I was literally (and by ‘literally’ I mean ‘figuratively’) swamped with PR for bands calling them the ‘next Animal Collective’"

hahaha I love you. one of my biggest pet-peeves is when people misuse "literally"

"I don’t know who it is now, probably Azealia Banks or whatever number of photogenic, post-ironic blog bait douchebags it currently takes to suck Dilla’s dick."

again, awesome.

nice write up

taylormemer
04.23.12
Hey it's Dave.

thebhoy
04.23.12
yep, that's basically just My Girls... sooo pass


Oceanus
04.23.12
This is pretty wacky, but it's good to see something from you, Dave.

sap
04.24.12
Definite AC feel to this track, but sounds more like panda bear styleee, washed out or Tanlines to these ears. Great hook around 2:25, this track sounds even better;

http://soundcloud.com/osakarecords/last-days-of-1984-woods

A great find Dave.

Aids
04.27.12
this gets 5 comments but the news item about La Dispute's new EP (which isn't even new music at all) gets 100+ comments of people going "lol bad" and "ur fag"

oh sputnik

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