In light of Michigan’s storied, mounting miseries, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.’s immersive, florid pop registers as something of a non sequitur. There’s a comforting, psychedelic-lite head rush to what Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott accomplish with their unmistakeable combination of vocal harmonies, soft-shoe synths, and a beach-chair vibe. Debut It’s A Corporate World even begs a timely question: Who needs chillwave when this duo supplies that genre’s fuzzy contact highs with smart, defined melodies as backbones? If nothing else, Epstein and Zott are producing a soundtrack to their home state’s recovery, one florid good vibration at a time.
Sat., Sept. 24, 8:30 p.m., 2011
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 7, 2011