DOSE – IS THAT YOU?
I put myself in the boat of people who did not find My Bloody Valentine immediately satisfying. I could not appreciate the melody and vocals at the core of the storm of thick white noise. But that was the nineties, when subtlety in music had not yet caught up with Kevin Shields. By 2012, our ears had been trained to find beauty in the indistinct. We are now accustomed to the thick levels of haze, and My Bloody Valentine can be enjoyed by the masses. New single by Ohio based producer Dose, Is That You?, similarly finds vocals buried in swirling strings, as if the singer was separated from the listener by a sandstorm. The result is a song that feels warm and surreal. However, unlike MBV, a trip hop beat offers a tangible backbone to hold on to, guiding your ears through the fog. Songs in Loveless, like Blown a Wish, felt like faded memories of your best dreams. With Is That You?, it is a dream you can bob your head to.