Every weekday, DIY’s new music know-it-all Neu brings you one essential new release to get obsessed with. Today’s Neu Pick comes from Dead Sea.
Crafting your first steps as a band in a shared apartment above a café in Paris is juuuuust about as idyllic as it gets, and these beginnings taken by shoegazers Dead Sea are palpable on their debut single, ‘8.50’.
Clearly indebted to the Slowdives and My Bloody Valentines of the ’90s, ‘8.50’ also lurches forward with synthetic drums so propulsive that they could fell buildings.
Speaking of the track, the band said: “It is a bit like what we call « écriture automatique » which consists of writing whatever pops into your head without trying to intellectualize anything. I do change some words from time to time to try to avoid contradictions or overly blurry concepts, but I like to keep things organic and sincere. The lyrics to ‘8.50’ came that way and, despite the relative sadness they convey, their association with this lingering melody makes the song quite healing to me.”
Listen to ‘8.50’ below.