the infectious lo-fi charm of dum dum girls’ i will be cemented its place as one of the better albums of 2010. given their follow-up he gets me high, an ep composed of three originals and a cover of the swooning smiths’ classic “there is a light that never goes out,” dee dee’s janglepop group proves that they stand out from the rest of the garage pop revivalists. and for those who critiqued the band’s seeming nonuse of vocal microphones, your fears can be quelled – the group’s signature vocal style, while still intact, is much better produced this time ’round. in fact, the entirety of the band’s sound has been given greater depth without sacrificing their lo-fi aesthetic. the bass hits lower, the fuzzy guitars breathe deep and the vocal harmonies are much easier to discern. just as much of the country succumbs to winter, the dum dums arrive, giving us a feverish glimpse of summer sun.
dum dum girls – he gets me high 12″ is out march 1st on sub pop.