Australian three-piece rock band DMA’S are back.
Their fourth album titled How Many Dreams? will be out on March 31.
The Sydney band has already released four singles from the album so far.
Vocalist Tommy O’Dell says they’ve pushed themselves harder than ever before on the fourth outing.
“We’ve made this a bit differently to other records. We’ve been more confident in the production department with our own skills. We also didn’t rush it either.”
This album includes a good mix of their old sound found in album Hill End, mixed with dance-inspired beats that the band say “leans into a heavier sound reminiscent of The Prodigy.”
The album starts off upbeat with How Many Dreams and Olympia. You’re immediately introduced to the sound of synthesised betas and acoustic guitars, creating a summertime melody.
The first two tracks are uplifting, however, one thing is that the lyrics can be a little repetitive.
We are exposed to a different vibe in Everybody Says Thursday Is The New Weekend. The track is a little slower than the previous songs, which is quite nice and has that iconic DMA’S feel to it.
However, Dear Future is a bit slower and sounds like it’s missing something, and again, is a little repetitive lyric-wise.
Tracks I Need To Hide and Something We Are Overcoming really exposes us to the band’s experimentation with other genres. This track really sounds like a mixture of dance music and indie, which is a bit different from DMA’S. Fading Like A Picture, Get Ravey and Jai Alai feel like the DMA’s we know and love. With good rhythm and beautiful acoustics, the guitars are soothing to the ears.
21 Year Vacancy has nice sounds from acoustic guitar and piano, but is a little disappointing with repetitiveness again.
The album closes with the track De Carle that really does sound like a Prodigy indie anthem. This song got the balance of dance music and indie right, and is arguably the best song on the album.
However, if you’re looking for the DMA’S you know and love, this album may not be for you.
The experimental vision from the band is clear. How well it has been executed is up for debate.
Feature image credit : Roman Jody