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First Take: Dowsing – ‘Kept Me Around’

If the anticipation for the new Dowsing record – which which we’ll call ‘OKAY’ for now – wasn’t already palpable, the release of ‘Kept Me Around’ will sort that out. It’s a perfect reassurance that your faves haven’t gone anywhere totally unfamiliar, even with a few lineup changes, but that they’ve gone bigger, cleaner, and better produced.

Erik Czaja’s effortlessly poppy vocal leads with his innate ability to put the most perfect melodies into the smallest spaces, making ‘Kept Me Around’ a future favourite, a lively singalong up there with ‘Midwest Living’ and ‘Amateur Cartography’.

The casual, summery vibe of ‘Kept Me Around’ sets the backdrop for understated romance, with lines such as “I thought I found something I could get used to in you” subtly describing the process of getting comfortable with someone, and yourself.

Having fully mastered the two-minute indie-emo anthem, Dowsing still sound like your best friends band, like you know you’d hit it off and if you asked them to play in your front room they would; except they’re actually really good, and they’ll try to fit you in between tours. That instant likeability has sustained them in the hearts of emo fans everywhere since the release of 2011’s All I Could Find Was You, and undoubtedly the new album will see them cemented as one of the genre-defining bands of the decade.

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