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Hear Dum Dum Girls’ Beach-Blanket Ballad ‘Lord Knows’

Dum Dum Girls

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