- 09 Jul 18
Impressive effort from Galwegian rockers
Five years on from the release of their aptly named debut Swoon, Galway four-piece DOTT release their much anticipated second album Heart Swell. It's a record that once again boasts an on-the-money title: it reflects on politics, pain, pride, nature and acceptance.
It's also bolstered by a bolder and - in some instances - brasher brand of garage-pop. Written by head honcho Anna McCarthy over the period of a week on the west coast, Heart Swell is filled with some of the band's strongest material yet.
Opener 'Bleached Blonde' sets their stall out strongly - it's a euphoric alt-rocker that wouldn't sound out of place on the first (and best) Veruca Salt album. 'Floating Arrows' also impresses, pairing a primal, punky riff with hypnotic vocals. Elsewhere, 'How Do I Feel?' is a '50s sock-hop flavoured, handclap-driven delight, while single 'Like A Girl' is a wonderful, empowering anthem.