It’s been a huge couple years for daste. and they’re keeping it moving with their new single ‘either way’.
The track is relaxed and minimalistic, yet effortlessly holds your attention with the entrancing, laid back vocals and subtle grooves in the instrumentation. It sounds like a picnic with friends on a summer afternoon beneath an ever so slightly hazy sky. This track is the very first taste of their debut album that should be arriving around mid 2021.
Coming off two successful EPs with Same As It Ever Was and Palette, daste.’s debut seems set to propel them to further heights as they progress creatively. With a sound that contains hints of Parcels and Leisure, daste. borrow from a few different genres, mixing in some electronic, indie and pop into a lovely cocktail of music that is relaxed yet also makes you want to dress up in a glittery vest and dance under neon lights.
The new single is subtle; the perfectly lethargic vocals match the lyrical content as ‘it’s alright, it’s okay’ even seems to offer a gentle reassurance to the listener. The track seems to echo almost a quiet empowerment of putting yourself back in the present moment after letting life pass you by for too long. The lyrics even seem to use this reminder that life continues moving without you as a motivator to try and carve out a better life for yourself. While the music sounds like kicking back on a porch couch, there is substance to it and you can feel a quiet emotion peeking through the vocals.
The band has talked about its dynamic collaborative process where all members put on their producers hat and each element of the song is worked on together. You can hear this process in the tracks as every musical layer melts into one another to form a sound that seems effortless but is carefully calibrated.
2020 has been a big year for daste. and if ‘either way’ is the last we hear of them this year we can’t say they haven’t treated us. However, with ‘either way’ showing their musical progression and a debut full-length project on its way, 2021 looks set to be even bigger.