Premiere: Perth's Dolce Blue creates dream-pop bliss with new single, Dream Catcher
The song continues the band's streak of intimate, hazy indie-pop ever since their debut a few years ago.
Dolce Blue are a remarkably special band, if you haven't come across them already. The four-piece specialise in this blend of melancholic and sweet indie-pop; detailed with swaying melodies and rich, yet often-intimate lyricism that blend together to create hazy bursts of alt-pop and indie brilliance, something they've consistently shown ever since their debut a few years ago.
In the last few years, we've seen many forms of Dolce Blue's comforting musicianship come to light. Their 13-track debut album - 2019's Forever Is Too Long - felt simultaneously like an introduction to the band as well as an exploration of their wide-ranging sound, encapsulating influences and inspirations spread from Lana Del Rey to The Black Keys into kicking indie-pop and dreamy rock alike. It's something they've continued to build since then too, with last year's three-track Always Blue release and their returning single Summerwave earlier this year being examples.
Now, it's something that again shows in their second single for 2021, titled Dream Catcher. Premiering on Pilerats today ahead of its official release this Thursday (July 22nd), Dream Catcher feels like a song in which Dolce Blue do what Dolce Blue do best, capturing the heart of their hazy dream-pop sound and everything that goes into it, from their sonic influences and the rich instrumentation right through to the honest and detailed songwriting that ties it all together, including the lyricism of their frontwoman Veronica Zurzolo.
"Most of the time I write about running away. This song is no exception," she says on the single. "It's about living with all the things that bother you, things keeping you up at night, shitty people not being accountable for their actions. For the most part, you can forget about it, run away, distract yourself, but all it takes is for your parents to call you up to say they saw your ex while you’re on your way to an exam, or that one asshole shows up at a gig, and now you can’t shake it…"
Veronica brings that theme to life throughout Dream Catcher; the intimacy of her vocals and her delivery of them swaying with this almost anxiety-like feeling, which manages to float through the otherwise subtle and relaxing presence of the band sonically. It creates an interesting atmosphere that gives Dream Catcher quite a strong edge, showing how Dolce Blue are continuing to grow their sound and themselves ever since their entrance.
It's a brilliant song, and you can take a dive into it below as Dream Catcher premieres on Pilerats today: