About 1 month and a half ago, Pete and I were fortune enough to see DYGL in LDN. 1 week ago today, DYGL released their sophomore album “Songs of Innocence & Experience” and today, I’m going to let you know my thoughts on it.
If you’re not familiar with DYGL (pronounced DAYGLO and not DEE-WHY-GEE-ELL as I initially thought), they are a four-piece indie band hailing from The Land of the Rising Sun (aka Japan) and more specifically, Tokyo. Made up of frontman Nobuki Akiyama; guitarist Yosuke Shimonaka, bassist Yotaro Kachi and drummer Kohei Kamoto, the group initially bonded over The View however that was just a small insight as the UK indie scene of the late ’90s and 00’s shaped their sound.
DYGL have that initial intrigue as, whilst music is inherently a global artform that feels no boundaries, it’s rare you come across a group hailing from across the world that sounds like they were born and raised in Sheffield, 5 minutes from The Leadmill.
Songs Of Innocence & Experience is the follow up to the band’s highly acclaimed Albert Hammond Jr (The Strokes) produced debut album Say Goodbye To Memory Den in 2017. The sophomore album is produced by former Test Icicles‘ guitarist Rory Atwell.
The project definitely spans across the sonic spectrum that is “Indie Music” and whilst at times, can feel almost like a homage with tracks like “A Paper Dream” sounding somewhat reminiscent of The Cribs and The Libertines and “An Ordinary Love” feeling influenced by The Smiths, the quartet’s uncanny but hugely impressive ability to evoke a sense of warm and nostalgia for a song you’ve never heard before is hugely commendable. The title, inspired by the work of the historic romantic poet William Blake, is apt as the journey through the album doesn’t ever feel or read like imitation but rather a finely-honed trip through the lost tapes of your favourite bands from the 00’s.
DYGL found success in Japan but didn’t want to be labelled as “those guys that sing in English”, the move over to London has definitely helped improve on their debut project and now “those guys” are singing us into summer.
Lajor’s Highlights: “Only You (an Empty Room” | “A Paper Dream” |”An Ordinary Love”