Album Anticipation: Dog Bite’s ‘Velvet Changes’

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Carpark Records, a Washington, D.C.-based indie label home to chillwavers like Toro y Moi, garage rockers like Cloud Nothings, and experimentalist bands like Ecstastic Sunshine, this month announced an addition to their roster: Dog Bite. The debut, Velvet Changes, out February 5, is already shaping up to be a good one. Take a listen.

Dog Bite is led by Phil Jones, known for playing keyboards for the touring version of Washed Out (which is otherwise a one-man outfit). The first single off Velvet Changes is “Prettiest Pills,” which launches with an unexpectedly greasy riff before layering over aqueous synths and reverbed vocals.

Even better is “Forever, Until,” which further refines the marriage of chillwave’s airy pastel tones and garage guitar. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Dog Bite is bringing together a lot of divergent approaches found among the Carpark set.

As an added bonus, you can also download a great mixtape from Jones, Winter in Atlanta. It certainly offers some clues as to what sounds we might expect to hear come February.

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