Today, Dog Bite is pleased to share "Native America", the third single off their debut LP, Velvet Changes, which is due 2/5/13 via Carpark Records. Listen to "Native America" and read an interview with song-writer Phil Jones about the cinematic inspirations for the record, touring in Washed Out, and being an art-school dropout on the Interview Magazine website. Toro Y Moi has invited Dog Bite to support all of their North American tour dates this winter.
Phil Jones has been subtly cutting his teeth under the name Dog Bite for years now. After self-releasing his sample-based psych-folk and sitting in the production chair for a few fellow Georgians, he was picked up for a single and an EP on Young Turks. Now, Jones puts forth his debut long-player, Velvet Changes on Carpark Records.
Rather than working within the parameters of previous output, Velvet Changes sees Jones eschewing samples and expanding his palette to incorporate the dreamy aesthetics often associated with vintage 4AD bands like A.R. Kane or Cocteau Twins. From the moment opener "Forever, Until" materializes, it's clear that the record is in no rush-airy guitar strums, endearingly scrappy electronic drums, and reverb-soaked vocals slowly coming into the mix to create an environment of blissful languor. The songs tend toward mid-tempo ranges and are clearly entrenched in their atmospherics, but lack nothing in pure pop appeal. Many of Jones' earlier recordings had the feel of beat-tape sketches, but here tracks like "Prettiest Pills" and "Supersoaker" use hooks, catchy guitar lines, and builds and releases to great emotional effect. When not wooing with its anthemic allure, Velvet Changes explores tension in subtle dissonance ("Paper Lungs") and lets itself meander toward its own fringes ("The Woods and The Fire"). A quick look through Dog Bite's back catalogue shows that it's a malleable entity, and Velvet Changes is proof that when Jones does settle into a sound, he can make it sound like he's been there all along.
Dog Bite 'Velvet Changes':
1. Forever, Until
2. Super Soaker
3. No Sharing
4. Prettiest Pills
5. You're Not That Great
6. Holiday Man
7. Native America
8. Paper Lungs
9. Stay Sedated
10. The Woods And The Fire
11. My Mary
Tour Dates with Toro Y Moi:
01/30 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
01/31 - El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
02/01 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
02/02 - Austin, TX @ Emo's East
02/04 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's
02/05 - New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
02/06 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (Heaven Stage)
02/08 - Carrboro, NC @ Cats Cradle
02/09 - Richmond, VA @ The National
02/10 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
02/11 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
02/13 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
02/14 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
02/15 - Boston, MA @ Paradise
02/16 - Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
02/17 - Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
02/19 - Chicago, IL @ Metro
02/20 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe
02/21 - Lawrence, KS @ The Granada Theatre
02/23 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
02/24 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
02/26 - Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
02/27 - Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
02/28 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
03/01 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
03/02 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
03/03 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
Listen to "Native America" here:
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