New Music
31.01.2013, Words by dummymag

Vondelpark - California Analog Dream

After the introverted expressivity of Dracula, here’s another cut from Vondelpark’s forthcoming debut LP ‘Seabed’ for R&S. Back in 2010, California Analog Dream was a jittery patchwork – with a thick-stringed acoustic and muffled vocals nestling disparately against a silky-smooth garage beat. Vondelpark have now reappraised the track off their ‘Sauna’ EP, opting for a more organic, earthy palette, giving the plaintive melody space to be elevated.

Artists re-treading old ground can be risky business, and may betray a dearth of ideas, but there aren’t any signs of that here. Rather, it reveals maturity, and the ability to confidently elaborate on a previous idea. It suggests a process of moving beyond the laptop screens that draws comparisons to Darkstar – another UK trio to recently break new ground with a less electronic sound and more fluid, group-focused dynamic. Stream it below.

‘Seabed’ has also just been stamped with a release date of April 1st, and here’s the full tracklisting below:

01. Quest
02. Blue Again
03. Dracula
04. Come On
05. Always Forever
06. California Analog Dream
07. Closer
08. Seabed
09. Bananas (On My Biceps)
10. Outro 4 Ariel

R&S Records will release ‘Seabed’ on 1st April 2013.

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