Dama Scout — „gen wo lai (come with me)“ (Apr. 22, 2022)

UK FLAG                                            Dama Scout — „gen wo lai (come with me)“ (April 22, 2022)
↵  Vertikální symetrie. Vršek a spodek. Design je stejný. Vzpomeňte si, co psal Tyler Golsen o minulém albu: „Dama Scout jsou kapela dokonale vhodná pro surrealismus, který během pandemie ovládl všechny naše životy, takže je hezké vidět, jak se vracejí do tohoto už tak podivného světa, aby byli další úrovní podivnosti. Doufejme, že to znamená, že je na cestě další materiál, ale Dama Scout vždy raději pracovali svým jedinečně liknavým tempem, takže může být zapotřebí trpělivost.“
↵  Téměř pět let po svém debutu se britští indie rockeři vracejí s novým (filmově znějícím) zvukem a odhodláním proměnit staré zranění v léčivou katarzi. Syrové mravenčení prvního tripu do okolní krajiny po převrácení naruby, splavení řeky pouhýma rukama, vysokých pětkách a úderech do obličeje, které vás převrátí vzhůru nohama jako vši na pánvi, svědění, které se škrábe... 
↵  Napodobováním nepředvídatelnosti hraní živých vystoupení, napětí mezi publikem a umělcem, tlakem a tahem tvůrčí spolupráce, „gen wo lai (pojď se mnou)“ pro kapelu zahajuje novou autoritativní éru. Vedle sebe zde existují otřesné noční můry a realitu ohýbající sny. Dama Scout jsou našimi průvodci pro každý znepokojující, okouzlující okamžik. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Danny Grant, Eva Liu & Luciano RossiLocation: London, Glasgow, UK
Album release: April 22/03 June, 2022
Record Label: Hand In Hive
Duration:     43:19
01. gen wo lai   3:39
02. pineapple eyes   3:22
03. back of my head   4:15
04. lonely udon   3:24
05. pink lips on a blue face   4:38
06. emails from suzanne   3:00
07. yuè liàng   2:23
08. ballet of your blood   4:43
09. dan dan bub   4:33
10. ⼀ 個 謎 (a mystery)   1:55
11. gor gor   3:43
12. bubble bee   3:44
Dama Scout is Danny Grant, Eva Liu & Luciano Rossi Music & Lyrics by Dama Scout
♠ Recorded and Mixed by Dama Scout
Allexa Nava performed alto saxophone and flute on tracks — 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 Drums recorded with Oliver Betts at The Crows Next on tracks — 1, 2 and 6
Drums recorded with Jake Miller at House of Haru on tracks — 3, 5 and 9
Additional Tape Engineering by Stuart Matthews Mastering by James Trevascus
Artwork by Danny Grant

By Phillipe Roberts ° May 2, 2022 ° Score: 7.6
↵  Performed willingly or not, cultural assimilation is a nerve~wracking high~wire act, particularly from the vantage point of a child. Memorizing social scripts designed to erase you for the slightest deviation, but still at the mercy of familial expectations, there’s an added layer of anxiety: It can feel as if you’re never more than a classmate’s comment on the unfamiliar textures of your homemade lunch away from a painful fall from grace. Retroactively labeling these fears as purely symptomatic of self~hatred does little to smooth over the scars they’ve left behind.
↵  It’s a process of self~discovery that Dama Scout vocalist Eva Liu — whose family immigrated from Hong Kong to the UK — knows well. She documents it obliquely across gen wo lai (come with me), exploring and exploiting the tense atmosphere of these diasporic blues. The band caught a small wave of buzz in 2017 from a self~titled EP that, for the most part, blended into the indie~rock landscape of the day: a mixture of tough but buoyant drums, jangling guitar hooks, and spaced~out, low~key vocals that might be best compared to psych~rock outfit Crumb just before their detour into hazy bedroom pop. Returning for a full~length nearly five years later, the London~based trio has instead lurched into a trajectory positioning it as a UK analogue to America’s reigning bad~trip therapists Spirit of the Beehive, weaving cryptic meditations on existential dread into a cinematic new sound. gen wo lai (come with me)’s unruly vignettes illuminate flashbulb memories of alienation to light the way on a healing journey through the past.
↵  Rather than agonize over the bleeding, Dama Scout’s strategy in nursing these wounds is to peel off the bandage and let the cut breathe. The opening title track exemplifies this approach, meditating on the memory of Liu’s grandmother eating chicken feet over the seasick churn of bassy synthesizers; guitars and basslines slide in and out of phase before swallowing each other in a brief but satisfying cacophony that washes the creeping anxiety away. It’s here that Liu’s fragmented lyrical approach is at its most potent. Elsewhere, particularly on the sauntering “lonely udon,” the results are less rewarding: When the white~noise rush of studio flourishes appears to lift the track into catharsis, the sensation is one of meandering chaos, a premature rush to experimentation without narrative consequence.
↵  These moments are mercifully few. For a band only now stretching beyond the limitations of an EP, Dama Scout reveal surprisingly assured production instincts, with an ambitious attention to detail. When they twist the EQ knobs into oblivion halfway through “dan dan bub”’s second chorus, pushing the entire song behind a wall of ambience, the effect pricks up your ears, building anticipation for the melody’s return as its chord progression sails out of reach. “emails from suzanne” goes even further. The slashing rhythm surges and decays in fits and starts, mirroring the pain of a mind that “Divides in places/Divides in spaces” by veering sharply between silence and explosive, stoner~metal fuzz. gen wo lai (come with me) deals in uncertainty, suspicion, and doubt, but Dama Scout fold these discomforts into one another with lush, thoughtful orchestration, building pathways between emotional roadblocks and transforming them into interdependent points of self~discovery.
↵  Dama Scout settle for one final false climax to close out the album. The sullen piano dirge of “bubble bee” encapsulates the record’s purest moment of despair, complete with a chorus calculated to raise and then dash hopes, with high notes furiously gasping for air before disappearing beneath the waves of a rising drone. This eerie collapse feels curiously welcome, a chance to recover after covering so much ground at a breakneck pace, but Dama Scout have never sounded more energized; there’s a sense that they could come leaping back at you through the feedback at a moment’s notice. Healing, and second~act transformations like gen wo lai (come with me), can sometimes mean making a home within the discord, harnessing the power of a storm instead of waiting for its eye to pass overhead. — Pitchfork
↵  https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/dama-scout-gen-wo-lai-come-with-me/
Words by Ollie Rankine. Score: 6/10
Tyler Golsen. Score: 8.2
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