Last time we heard from Dakotafish was in March when the L.A. trio released “Great Ones” for your listening pleasure. As one of the first bands I remember writing about in the early stages of this blog.. I’ve got a major soft spot for these guys. Luckily they happen to be great musicians so quality is never an issue.
I finally got around to giving Dakotafish’s latest effort a proper listen and boy is it great. Many Moons is all sorts of fantastic; it’s complied of tracks that can stand their own and compliment each other very well which is no easy feat. Right now “100 Days,” “We Are Like Gods,” and “Midnight Lemonade” are my favorites but I’m sure I’ll be rotating in a matter of minutes. I just want to know how they do it, really. How is it possible for so many well crafted pop/rock/somewhat-psych/funk jams to be in one place? A steady tempo throughout these ten tracks draws you in and keeps you listening. You should probably get your hands on Many Moons as soon as possible.. I promise it won’t disappoint.
I know I’m a bit late on this one, starting new jobs, finding new routines, etc. But this album is too good, and too big not to post. These dudes have become some solid show buddies over the past year, and hearing about the process of making an album like this. The months (maybe years) of laboring that went into this album is evident through every track.
Click through to go listen and grab the whole eclectic album. I feel a summer anthem album going on.
Dakotafish, Midnight Lemonade (from the album “Many Moons”)
Well holy fuck is “Many Moons” a delightful album! Like seriously this is one disc full of eargasms up the wazoo. Midnight Lemonade is just fucking good. Dakotafish will be loved by fans of Coconut Records, Givers and The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. And well everyone should just give “Many Moons” a chance because your ears will so thank you! Seriously. And you can hear and download the album (for whatever price you want) at Bandcamp NOW!
More Dakotafish love today. This record said they wanted to hang out in with my little black heart this morning, and have decided to move in permanently. Couldn’t just share one jam.
When I wrote about Los Angeles based Dakotafish back in March I described them as Death Cab’s answer to happiness and Ace of Base’s long lost cousin, with a pinch of Lord Huron and Avi Buffalo thrown in for good measure. There was something else that I couldn’t pinpoint, and I’ve got to say it’s a mix of Lionel Ritchie and the Beatles. That would have been one sick collab.
The entire record deserves some serious love. Moody pop funk, and soulful harmonies never sounded so good. Just in time for summer. Congrats to Mike and Ely! Can’t wait to catch a live show.
I first featured “Jitter” from Mike Fish’s Dakotafish project last summer, and I had a feeling there was much more to come. Yesterday, I got a note from him that he’d released his debut album Many Moons. I’m really impressed with the outcome of this album. Mike knows how to write a hit song. The album roller coasters from penetrating pop tunes to memorable deep cuts, with the consistent charm of a Phoenix record. For now you can pay what you want for the album on Bandcamp.
Everything we’ve ever known turns out to be a little wrong.
A recent mix of mine for friends/family features this as the closing track, which is kind of how I imagine it - a steady build, composed, uplifiting harmonies, perfectly placed drum beats, all circling around to the same profound assertion that “great ones start young”. It’s an all-around good note to end on, and nothing short of an excellent track from these dudes.
LA’s Dakotafish are one of the bandcamp generation’s finest discoveries. According to their website, they’re ramping up for a full-length this June 21st. Great Ones is up for *FREE* download over at bandcamp, where you can also hear two of their previous 2010 tracks Jitter/ Impossible Histories and their 2008 self-titled release. They’re also on twitter and tumblr so follow ‘em if you’re lookin’ to keep updated!
The guys of LA based Dakotafish are always up to speed with all of the new sounds. Last summer we were hit with Jitter and Impossible Histories, two awesome singles both glittering and bouncing in heavy synth. Their new track Great Ones is perfect for this cool March. They took a slightly different this time and even without the synth based electronics found in previous works, it does sound stellar.
They’re in the middle of recording a new LP, due out June 21st. We’ve still got a few months but it’ll be worth it, trust me.
Givin’ LA some love today. Dakotafish is something serious. Only hearing three songs, this duo has already captured my tiny black heart and has got me scowering the net for tour dates. C’mon boys I want to be your groupie. Throw me a bone.
But seriously, Dakotafish is Death Cab’s answer to happiness and Ace of Base’s long lost cousin, and is that a pinch of Lord Huron and Avi Buffalo influences that I smell? It’s definitely something else, that I just can’t pinpoint….yet. Be sure to head over their Bandcamp to check out Jitter/Impossible Histories too.
It’s been a while since we last heard material from L.A. based Dakotafish. This is massive.. I mean this song literally feels massive. “Great Ones” seems so different from the two tracks released last summer “Jitter” and “Impossible Histories”. Where “Jitter” was more of a glitchy pop track, and “Impossible Histories” a playful/almost funky song.. “Great Ones” is solid. It’s hard to listen and not think of Local Natives, or Glass Vaults (their song “Forget Me Not,” in particular)—pretty much any act that combines great vocals and prominent percussion. A wonderful return for Dakotafish! Nice to see some of our favorite acts from last summer beginning to release material again.
LA based Dakotafishare about the nicest guys you’ll hope to meet. They hit us last summer with two awesome singles Jitterand Impossible Histories, both glittering and bouncing with sunlight and summer. And just as seasonally appropriate as those were, the new Great Ones is just as appropriate for the current season. A bit of a departure from the synth based electronics used in previous stuff, but a surprisingly solid sound.
They’re recording some more stuff as we speak, so we should expect a bit of a collection soon. And for those of you in LA, be on the lookout for shows in the coming few months.