Label: Fair Youth Records
Released: 26th March 2021
NewDad are one of many talented guitar bands to emerge from Ireland in recent times, but their bright blend of lo-fi dream-pop is a welcome dose of sunshine in contrast to the rowdy, post-punk sound that’s currently overflowing out of their homeland. Awash with fuzzy textures and enticingly coy vocals, their debut EP ‘Waves’ is a charming collection tailored for the blossoming warmth of early spring.
‘I Don’t Recognise You’ is a particular standout and would remain so on a playlist stacked with shoegaze classics, while the title track ascends the band’s ethereal haze to a higher realm. There’s never a dull moment, even when lead singer and songwriter Julie Dawson is downcast; take the brisk shuffle of ‘Hide’, which breathes life into the feeling of emptiness she describes.
Each track on ‘Waves’ buzzes with an effervescence that you can’t help but want to bottle up and crack open on a sunny day — it’s irresistibly refreshing and goes down a treat.