Dippers Contemplate Aliens for Comfort on New Single "Recurrent Sight"
Dippers' latest single, "Recurrent Sight," serves as an exciting glimpse into the musical landscape of their upcoming album, CLASTIC ROCK. With its mesmerizing blend of power-pop and folk-rock sensibilities, this track showcases the band's impressive artistry and ability to create a captivating sonic experience. Right from the opening notes, "Recurrent Sight" envelops listeners in an orbicular sensibility, where rolling rhythms and intertwining 12-string guitar and bass melodies create an immersive musical backdrop. The overlapping vocals of Ford & Tulloch provide a monologue that is both intriguing and thought-provoking, further accentuating the band's knack for combining different genres seamlessly.
In his explanation of the song's concept, Matthew Ford shares how "Recurrent Sight" serves as a coping mechanism for his own neurodivergent experiences. The method of portraying himself as the protagonist in a coming-of-age sci-fi film, where an extraterrestrial life-force attempts to communicate through inconvenient hijinks, adds a layer of depth to the song's lyrics. It's a testament to the band's ability to infuse personal introspection with imaginative storytelling, creating a relatable yet fantastical narrative.
“Catchy-as-fuck and perfectly unpretentious guitar pop split by venom-spitting gloom.” - Rolling Stone
“When the Brisbane band played late and loose at the Union Hotel in Sydney the mood spilled right across the room, freeing everyone of their inhibitions.” - The Guardian
Whether it was fear of the trademark bogeyman emerging from small-hours infomercial hell or it was just time for a change, but the artist(s) formally known as Thigh Master is now Dippers.
As they put singles and an album or two behind them, most guitar pop groups tend to shed any rough edges, exuberance, energy, propulsion, and other associated special elements in the name of "maturity", "increased focus on songwriting" and other concerns that basically translate to a prolonged yawn. Thigh Master was always a strident, more rambunctious proposition, and this is carried over 150% to Dippers.
For the first album under said moniker, (Thigh Master) founder and leader Matthew Ford (Vocals, Guitar, Drums, Bass, Synth, Percussion) is again joined by Innez Tulloch (Vocals, Guitar, Keys, Synth, Bass, Melodica), who is now Ford's principle songwriting partner. Longtime Thigh Master collaborator Dusty Anastassiou (Dag, Permits) provides some guitar action on a handful of tracks, while Nicole Thibault of Thibault and Minimum Chips brings excellent trombone chops to a few songs, and visual artist Nicky Minus makes an appearance on flute for “Recurrent Sight.”