Always too brief, it seems Vogue Dots are on a two-person mission to lock my playlist into a never-ending trance loop. Their latest self-titled EP is on par with their 2014 creation, which also featured the haunting “Way With Silence.”
The Halifax duo, who crashed onto the music scene after releasing two spectacular albums in a single year, have branched out in the world—the pair just got back from a tour in the UK after being listed as a band to watch by The Guardian for being “a sort of midpoint between airy dreampop and a heavier goth.”
And while their new EP offers up a mere three songs, two of which made their debut back in 2014, Babette Hayward and Tynan Dunfield are still masters of creating that trance-like atmosphere that launched them to popularity so quickly.
Newbie “If You Stay” opens with a whirring echo, notes creeping into the spiral before Hayward’s distinctive voice quiets the scene before soaring into the chorus. The added experience of the past two years is evident—her voice full of new maturity.
Revisiting “Way With Silence” was also surprisingly welcome, the earworm track of Mauka still eerily addictive as Hayward’s vocals tap into their most mesmerizing rhythm and slip perfectly into the loop that makes this song so captivating—even two years later.
In contrast, “Skinny Thing” gets a bit of a revamp to its 2014 intro, emerging poppier thanks to a new beat that keeps the song skipping along. The result is something that fits seamlessly with follow up Mauka.
The transition between Toska and Mauka on top of this latest offering give hints about where the band is headed next—hypnotic gloom balanced by a happier (if not happy) finish that turns this musical escape into a daydream wonder.
Top Track: “Way With Silence”
Rating: Proud Hoot (Really Good)