Premiere: Doko strip things back with their new single, My Girl
The Sydney-based ensemble return with their second single of the year, which sees them strip things right back.
Over the last few years, Sydney-based four-piece Doko have cemented their name as one of the country's most exciting up-and-comers in the indie-rock realm, with a collection of tracks since their 2017 EP Dezmonia reminding us of their psychedelic-leaning craft, while tours up and down the east coast have presented the group as a menacing force to the live circuit too; their trademark sound translating perfectly into the live music space. Take their last track, June's Borrowed Time, for example, which swirls with its washed-out guitar riffs and percussive pace that you just know would work when presented live.
Now, however, the group are switching things up slightly. For their second track of 2019, My Girl, the Sydney group are stripping things back and giving a masterclass in indie minimalism, taking an approach commonly seen in commercial pop and applying it to their sound to make something that feels new, yet distinctly in-line with their past work. It's a song based off only three chords, telling a rather tongue-in-cheek story of that classic love story spun in a new light, with Doko's songwriting excellence shining through underneath.
"A lot of the time when writing songs for a project of yours, you try to create something which is complex and intricate, thinking it’ll be objectively good," guitarist and songwriter Budo Miller explains. "The problem is music isn’t objective and complexity doesn’t always mean it’s good." While the whole single is only based off three chords, the remnants of lushness from their older work still shine through, proving that you did need maximalist, over-complex melodies to get the job done. It's a stellar job, and just proof that no matter what challenges they throw at themselves, Doko will always shine through.
Dive into the track below, and catch them on an east-coast tour across the next few months - full dates underneath.
FRI 25 OCT - THE PENNY BALCK, MELBOURNE - VIC
SAT 26 OCT - GODS KITCHEN, MORNINGTON - VIC
THUR 31 OCT - FRANKS WILD YEARS, THIRROUL - NSW
FRI 1 NOV - LOW 302, SYDNEY - NSW
SAT 2 NOV - LOW 302, SYDNEY - NSW
FRI 8 NOV - REVESBY WORKERS CLUB, SYDNEY - NSW
SUN 10 NOV - DUNNINGHAM PARK, CRONULLA BEACH - NSW
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