Track: Melbourne’s dream pop trio Dorsal Fins part the waves with new funky single ‘Criminal’.

Feature Photograph: Izzie Austin

Following their announcement of album ‘Star of the Show’, due out through Dot Dash Recordings/Remote Control Records on Friday, 13 May 2022 and two earlier singles (see review of ‘Sister’ here), Melbourne trio Dorsal Fins have just released the effervescent new single ‘Criminal’. The track is a soul-inflected slice of funk – a minor steer away from their dream pop genes – with call and response vocals and a hyperactive jaunty vibrancy.

Multi-instrumentalist Liam Mcgorry explains:

It’s a song about how we are constantly being wooed by Capitalism to consume more & more, and the things we sacrifice for the sake of convenience. We raise our own stakes, We must work, play, achieve, relax hard & fast and score ourselves accordingly. Criminal says ‘we see your tricks and we Stan true to our spirit’.

It’s a thoroughly danceable slice of intelligent pie, with a serious message.

The accompanying video captures the vibe with creative panache. Video artist and illustrator Eleanor James says:

I’ve drawn on archetypal and folkloric imagery to evoke the idea of the hero’s journey. I wanted to create a familiar fairytale world for a cast of both earthly and celestial characters to exist in and explore, entering the unknown, and overcoming unexpected trials together.

The result is something quite refreshing.

You can pre-order/pre-save the album here and through the link below:

Feature Photograph: Izzie Austin

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