11/23/2011

teardrops on my pillow

Rock hasn't been kind to music that is unabashedly girly; at best, all-female bands are sequestered into the vapid made-up genre of "girl bands" (PLEASE read this Pitchfork article!), at worst, they are fetishized and endure all sorts of vile harassment (a fact made all too clear the last time I saw Austra - some bro pushed me out of the way and declared loudly to his buddy, "OH MAN, SHE'S SO FUCKING HOT!"). For lack of better words, The Dum Dum Girls seem to not give a fuck! This is band that owns their femininity, takes active joy in conventional girliness, and doesn't apologize for it. And perhaps most importantly, their music does not suffer for it.

There's a very tangible sense of longing that pervades their new album Only In Dreams; the feeling of grasping at something forever out of reach, that proverbial dangling carrot feeling. In DeeDee's case, this album was written while she dealt with the death of her mother (who, incidentally, is the woman on the cover of I Will Be) and her heartache is both wrenching and endearing. The titular "Wasted Away" actually made me misty as I listened to the lyrics that spoke so honestly of loss: "I'd rather waste away than see you only in dreams." As someone who's luckily never experienced the death of someone close, I can't relate at all to DeeDee's words but she makes me feel them as strongly as she does. "In My Head" features her desperately just wanting to be adored, something even Ian Brown couldn't even accomplish, though that universal human desire is buried deep in all of us. As in life, there's no eventual resolution to DeeDee's sense of yearning but this album leaves you smiling from its bubblegum pop sensibilities nonetheless.

Anyway, the vinyl edition of this album brings all of the music's moods into distinctly beautiful physicality. Ghosts, roses, and lace are a hint of the album's loss themes. But it's the pink marbled vinyl itself that struck me immediately, I mean, look at how gorgeous it is! It's easily the most beautiful piece of vinyl in my collection and I will treasure it every time it gets spun on my record player.






9 comments:

Armariodecoco said...

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meagan said...

@amariodecoco i prefer not to assist this with, sorry!

Sarah Et Paris said...

LOVE YOUR STYLE! i feel like it would be the current day ghost world style. Some of your looks have really inspired me to design more. I'm looking forward to some more of your outfits! I'm your new follower!

sasha said...

have you ever heard of the band warpaint? they're another great all-female band... they are beautiful strong women as well as being amazing musicians! i think you would like them because they have a dreamy/trance-like quality as well...

i've never commented here before, but you have a regular & appreciative reader in me :) thank you for not separating your politics from your aesthetics.

meagan said...

@sara et paris thanks so much <3

@sahsa yes, i love warpaint! glad someone appreciates my political rambling haha.

Magnet said...

I've never heard of them.. sigh, I have not downloaded new music for such a long time. It's kind of depressing. Having ridiculously slow internet is sad. I really like the vinyl artwork, so nice. I guess I'll have to add these girls to a long list of music to check out.

Honore said...

Have you seen the fashio nspread in this months issue of Bust magazine? The Dum Dum Girls model and there is a harness featured that instantly made me think of you. I would love to know your thoughts on it.

Ellinor Forje said...

I love the cover as well as your colourful shoes below. Thanks for posting and feel free to drop by me too, soon.

John Henry Eden said...

Not so sure I agree with the whole "owning their femininity" aspect. DDG started as a one girl project and Dee Dee's early shows were backed by men. She didn't get a full female group until she signed to Sub Pop. The all female thing always felt really forced to me.