Australian Britpop-Inspired Trio DMA’s Expands its Sound with New Album ‘The Glow’ – a Nuanced and Impressive Effort (Listen)

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DMA’s is a three-piece band from Sydney, Australia with its musical roots planted in the 1990s’ Britpop sound.

The band has shared the stage with the likes of Liam Gallagher, the Kooks and Richard Ashcroft, their shimmery sound congruent with those pioneers of English rock royalty through its first two albums.

DMA’s third album, however, changes things up a bit. The Glow, released on Friday, is bathed in rhythm and a focus on doing something different. The Britpop elements are still there — it can be tough to listen to the Australian band’s music and *not* think of them as a fledgling act out of Manchester — but they’re housed in layers of experimentation.

The early process of creating this record came about as guitarist Johnny Took spent time in Edinburgh in an effort to change up his surroundings and, potentially, bring that new perspective to the band’s new material:

“As a songwriter, I like the idea that you can move anywhere and be inspired by your surroundings, the people or a different way of life,” said Took in a statement.

The Glow was delayed, like so much else these days, by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the NME noting that the band members contributed remotely during the songwriting process, reconvening in Los Angeles with producer Stuart Price to finish up work on the new material.

Listening to The Glow, one has to wonder if Price, who boasts a resume of hit records from the likes of Dua Lipa, the Killers, Madonna and many more, helped the band move in different direction with its new material — while still retaining the signature elements of group’s sound.

“Criminals,” for example, boasts an arena-ready singalong hook, though its pop-oriented structure is a left-turn from the band’s earlier material.

Said lead singer Tommy O’Dell to PopMatters regarding that song in particular:

“On a personal level, I’m excited to release “Criminals”, just because I think we pushed ourselves in that song. We went down a production road that we wouldn’t have on other records. So yes, I’m just proud of that song, and I look forward to hearing what people think of it. I think there might be some divisive opinions, and that always excites me. To be honest, I think it’s better to have some people absolutely love your stuff, and some people hate it rather than people just seeing it as okay.”

“Strangers” bridges the gap between DMA’s earlier material with its new direction, a melding of rhythmic Britpop energy that works especially well:

Prior to The Glow, DMA’s enjoyed strong audiences outside of the United States, but there’s reason to believe that the band’s new material could go a long way toward earning the trio a much larger audience stateside — even if the band can’t bring its live show on the road anytime soon, due to the pandemic.

A mature, well-crafted collection of songs, The Glow finds DMA’s achieving what so many musical acts attempt — and largely fail — to do: Trying something new and succeeding in nearly every way.

Stream The Glow below, via Spotify:

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