Hear Dum Dum Girls' Beach-Blanket Ballad 'Lord Knows'

Dream-poppers' five-song 'End of Daze' EP drops on September 25 via Sub Pop

Dum Dum Girls
Dum Dum Girls
Marc Hogan

Romantic uncertainty has been a recurring worry across Dum Dum Girls' two Sub Pop albums, last year's Only in Dreams and 2010's I Will Be. "Lord Knows," the advance stream and penultimate track from the bicoastal group's upcoming five-song End of Daze EP, comes across as a sublime effort to put those concerns to rest. Swaying beach-blanket pop with distant "Crimson and Clover" guitar strums and rumbling Phil Spector percussion, it's a fitting successor to Only in Dreams slow jam "Coming Down", only less Mazzy Star-ry. If that was the druggy comedown, this is the clear-eyed moment of reckoning: "Oh, boy, I can't hurt you anymore," frontwoman Dee Dee sings, in soft harmony, on the sticky chorus. Don't expect a total lack of daze on Daze, however: The EP, which comes out on September 25, also includes a cover of the shambling first single by '80s Scottish indie-poppers Strawberry Switchblade. And lord knows even "Lord Knows" is still plenty David Lynch-shrouded -- it'll be the best track to follow Dirty Beaches' "Lord Knows Best" on your next moody playlist, like a morning embrace after a long, strange night. Doesn't dawn look divine?

Dum Dum Girls tour dates:
July 21 - Brooklyn, NY - House of Vans*
July 28 - Seattle, WA - Little Big Show @ Neptune Theatre**
August 03 - Montreal, QE - Osheaga Music & Arts Festival
August 04 - Chicago, IL - Official Lollapalooza Aftershow @ Cubby Bear
August 05 - Chicago, IL - Lollapallooza
August 06 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway
August 08 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
August 09 - Madison, WI - Pondamonium at Warner Park^!
August 10 - Des Moines, IA - Wooly's
August 11 - Omaha, NE - Maha Festival^#

* w/ Widowspeak
** w/ Craft Spells
^ w/ Garbage
! w/ Flaming Lips
# w/ Desaparecidos

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