Dollshot is a word meets a word – glitter meets doom, art song meets death jazz. Like Portishead meets Schubert meets Miles Davis. Dollshot is delusional melodies stretched over grinding romantic chords, melted and retuned. The band "has a lush, dream-pop sound, shot through with streaks of contemporary classical music. . . . And Rosie’s almost child-like, innocent voice provides an eerie counterpoint to the musical darkness that surrounds it," Souncheck's John Schaefer wrote after premiering the new single "Lalande."
Indie-pop band Dollshot is Rosie and Noah Kaplan, husband and wife, a beguiling voice and a killer sax. Rosalie, from small-town Virginia, and Noah, from Topanga Canyon, meet at New England Conservatory, move to Brooklyn, and write songs that twist the threads of their outsider influences — chanson of nineteenth-century Paris, unfamiliar harmony from schismatic microtonalists, free jazz from the wildcats of the off-the-grid sixties.
Dollshot’s new album is Lalande. The title, from Clarice Lispector’s Near to the Wild Heart, is, like the band, just beyond reach, a here meets a not-yet-here: “It’s like angel’s tears…. Lalande is also the night sea, when no one has set eyes on the beach yet, when the sun hasn’t risen.” Begun while Noah and Rosie were assisting Hampton Fancher as he wrote the screenplay for Blade Runner 2049, the album was completed over three years of writing and recording between Topanga and Brooklyn. Evoking the afterimage of west coast wilderness fading against the brick and bent steel of industrial New York, Lalande is an avant-noir fantasy of future and memory, and Rosie sings like a girl with a secret.
Produced by Lawson White at Studio G in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Lalande features lyrics by Rosie, Hampton Fancher (of Blade Runner fame), and Chaucer. Mike Pride on drums, Wes Matthews on keys, Peter Bitenc on bass. Kevin McFarland of the JACK quartet on tuned and detuned cello. The title track single and music video "Lalande" will be out July 14th, 2017. Dollshot will be playing the Carlsbad Music Festival in August. The full studio album release and tour dates will be announced later this fall.
DOWNLOAD the single + Album
Download the title track single "Lalande" here.
Download the complete album Lalande here.
Directed by Matt Mahurin
Listen to the full audio version of "Lalande"