Dope Lemon – Sydney Australia – Indie
Had an idea to dig in and give some love to some Philly bands I adore. I was listening to Mt. Joy’s “Sheep” and was digging into the ambling chill vibes of that song. It ended and the next song up was “Where Do You Go To” by a band I hadn’t heard of Dope Lemon. The rangy vocals reminded me of Kurt Vile infused with a bit of Craig Finn swagger. The groove is drifting, underwater, hazy. This is the brainchild of Angus Stone who sings with his sister Julia. There is a strong resemblance to Kurt Vile by way of the guitar style and Kurt’s unique vocals. The twanging guitar paired nicely with the artful percussion. “Marinade” was a sweet track where he is telling his story Craig Finn style. “You know how you heard that story about that family with the burned down house / That was her” It is actually a seductive song “Do you want me / as I am / Let’s go steady / Let’s make a plan / Marinate on that for awhile” It is actually a melancholia song about a troubled woman and his impending love for her. He pulls apart the word “Stonecutters”, dragging out the syllables so they stick in your auditory realm. “Best Girl comes at you like a slow train pulling into the station easing into it’s place. The doors open as the tambourine mixes with the hypnotic guitar playing. He croons lazily “You’re the Best Girl / You’re my Babe” over and over. It brings in “Squeeze that Lemon girl into my brain” and you can see the imagery. It neither gets old or boring. Feels like Dope Lemon is bringing back the smoke ring sounds of the 60s. Kurt Vile always reminds me of someone from another era. It is filling my head with visions of psychedelia of sun-stained skies and fields of rising grass.
On “How Many Times”, “Kill a man for talking back” is a potent lyric. That leads into “She cook that blue flame/she will have you on the floor”. Do i discern a bit of a nod to Dylan and even in his musical delivery on those lines. The comes to a solid halt. The track that seriously I needed to hear on this day at this time, after checking my back account and succumbing to a silent panic attack at the library was “How Many Times”. The lazy roll of his “Uh uhs uhs” immediately seemed to quell my anxiety. The spacey feel of the synthesizer and the rising drum beats while he is asking “Where is it that you go?” This is where I heard the most similarity to Kurt Vile which is fine by me. I find Kurt unique and innovative. But I realize what I needed to hear was “You gonna go be alright / We gonna go be alright”. The harmonizing sound of “ooohs” while the drum cranks louder in the background only to slide into a few haunting notes taking over on the keys. This melting track took me out of myself which is what a talented musician has the ability to do for you. Thank you Angus. I want to believe you. This song is 2 hours too short. I could listen all day on repeat. A ngus has it got it going on on “Honey Bones” I just found my new summer favorite.