There’s not much information floating around about DAKOTA, and the name itself makes it hard to do searches for (I’m sure this song as well will be even harder to track down via a Google search). What I’ve been able to gather….DAKOTA makes great videos using found footage (highlights include his great BMX-heavy video for “Fanning” and this official video he did for Jeremy Glenn), and he makes synth-heavy, lo-fi beats in his bedroom that are reminiscent of Hype Williams and Odd Nosdam. I’m loving this stuff. Very much looking forward to hearing more. He’s currently working on an EP of music and videos tentatively due out this fall.
I’m not sure exactly what it is I love about this song, I just love it. It could be the Peter Murphy-esque vocals, it could be the lo-fi poppiness of the whole thing. I’m not sure. All I know is that I’m anxiously anticipating the new John Maus record, We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves (dropping in the US on June 28th). In addition to his solo work, John has also worked with lo-fi psych-freak Ariel Pink.
I’ve really been digging this song lately. It’s got sort of a lo-fi David Lynch/Magnetic Fields/Guided By Voices vibe to it. Dirty Beaches is just one guy, Alex Zhung Hai from Vancouver, BC. He has numerous self-released CR’s, split 7″s, cassettes, and now has his next full length Badlands dropping on March 29.