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Dare Above Nemo has shared his new single, ‘Be Here Now’. Thrashing out a fuzzy guitar riff atop a danceable bed of processed drum machines and synths, the track is his first original release – a lysergic hybrid of dreampop and synth-punk which opens and closes with an atmospheric burst of static.
“I wanted to connote someone tuning into my music for the first time,” he explains.“It’s meant to be like an on / off switch that teleports you into the Dare Above Nemo stratosphere, then after three minutes abruptly puts you back in reality.
“I wanted to create a song which sounded as if The Strokes had soundtracked the anti-gravity racing game series, ‘WipeOut’.”
Throughout, existential lyrical themes are contrasted by playful ‘WOO’s” and infectious melodies which evoke comparison to the likes of Ariel Pink, and provide an equally unsettling and euphoric dose of warped pop.
Dare Above Nemo is the recording project of singer/songwriter, Ethan Attwood-Summers. With inspirations ranging from post-punk and new wave to George Clanton and Warpaint, and references to soundtracks from cartoons, video games and Disney soundtracks abundant, his music is an enigmatic and unique culmination of disparate and eclectic influences rooted in DIY home recording techniques; a process he believes enhances its intimate subtleties.
‘Be Here Now’ is the follow up to his debut release, a cover of The Jesus and Mary Chain’s ‘Just Like Honey’, which moulds the original into a pulsating and woozy lullaby-like version. Together, they form an apt and illustrative introduction to his unique brand of nightmare pop.
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