It is easy to get lost in swell of their beguiling collaborations. The quivering “CLUB Fragil” frames the cherubic chorus of Linnéa Martinsson of the indie-pop act Lune. Meanwhile, the spacious ”Feb 1” features shape-shifting vocals from Johanna DePierre, of the Swedish metal band Amaran. Though a levitating atmosphere wafts through their debut EP ”Meow”, by design, no two songs are meant to sound the same.
Their escapism is infectious. Dog Orchestra’s tracks popped up in blogs, along with a mystery surrounding the duo and their sweeping music, which echoes of an apartment in disarray, taxi trips home from Berghain with David Bowie’s ”Heroes” on the radio, and innumerable €1.50 kebabs. The songs are aural snapshots of their lives.
When they were done writing their EP, they recruited producer Bram Inscore (Little Boots, JR JR) and Grammy-winning engineer Darrell Thorp (Radiohead, Paul McCartney) to build on their warm, spacious sound.
Sweden has become synonymous for proffering songwriters who craft tech-savvy pop songs perfectly calibrated to become ear candy. Dog Orchestra is not that. An unfettered experiment, the group makes music as emotional and organic as its following.
~ Nisha Gopalan