Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. are duo (Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott) from Detroit. I hope that explains their obsession with all things car-related (their name, their press image, etc.) The band itself is a harder to pin down. On their four song EP they cover electronic pop and folk, and then end by actually covering the Beach Boys’s “God Only Knows.” “Vocal Chords” has some Beach Boys harmonies to start, then it turns into a breezy island jam, minimal in the same way Vampire Weekend know how to reduce a song to its most essential, most melodic parts (here that’s the drum machine and lead guitar). “Nothing But Our Love” is a different version of this, just as minimal, but watery and relaxed (the lyric, “Don’t fear the afterglow” could refer to the song itself). Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. have one of the biggest gaps between what they sound like and what their name implies they’ll sound like. They have that in common with Vampire Weekend too.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – “Vocal Chords”
The Horse Power EP is out 7/27, 7/13 digitally via Quite Scientific Records. Trade your email for a download of “Nothing But Our Love” at the website.