Hello and welcome to Discovery Corner on BTR! This week we’re checking out a band from my own backyard of Brooklyn. They’re a trio called Dances.
Photo courtesy of Trevor Vaz
Dances are a trio that wields the synergy of such seemingly disparate elements. It’s a sound that simply wouldn’t be possible without the unabashed contrast of its personalities. Anyone and their grandmother can make a half-assed assemblage of post-pop, but they couldn’t come close to the niche and vision these guys have perfected out of their diverging collation.
As Vaz so aptly explains, there’s a certain sense of nakedness while performing in a trio; you can’t hide behind anything. Listening to the band’s most recent outing, Keep Talking, you’d be hard pressed to argue why they’d want to. The fulminant acridity of Vaz’s guitar snarls between bass lines that soften the jab of each chord–Stoeltje is the kind of bass player who keeps things interesting, choosing melodic lines over favoring the root changes. And while Su lends his calculated thunder to keep the songs driving, his background in syncopated jazz stylings eschew any notion of an implied beat.
It’s not entirely fair to write off Dances as “post-pop,” or any other meaningless moniker. Listening to Keep Talking yields a diversity of influences, united through a sound that’s equal parts gusto with gut, grace with gall. A song like “Rat” is chock full of the aggression perfectly suited to Su’s furious abandon, while the Stoeltje-penned “Jones” underlies more melodic sensibilities. The cherry on top of this devilish treat? Beautiful three part harmonies that lull everything together.
Despite the very recent departure of founding member Su, the band is busier than ever. It’s been a month since the release of Keep Talking, and Dances are taking to venues across Brooklyn. They’ve also started work on their next album.
But enough words, check out the tunes for yourself.
And don’t forget to check out the Discovery Artist feature on Dances!
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