If you set aside the fact that their hometown will forever be known as the ‘Motor City’ and ignore the quirk that their name pays tribute to the famous NASCAR driver, you’ll quickly find that laid-back Detroit indie-pop duo Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. aren’t interested in revving engines. Instead, the duo of Daniel Zott and Josh Epstein are concerned with creating a refreshing wash of shimmering electronics and bare-bones percussion—a distinctive blend of Washed Out’s synth layers and The Dodo’s drumstick-driven medleys.
After tagging along on tour with Tape n’ Tapes earlier this year and taking the stage during Paste’s SXSW showcase this year, Dale Earnhart Jr. Jr. are gearing up to release their debut record, It’s A Corporate World. While the group has released a few prior EP’s, their first full length finds the duo settling comfortably into their ethereal, yet transfixing style—incorporating their jangly accompaniments with reverb-laced, syrupy vocals.
It’s A Corporate World, which will be out in stores on June 7 via Quite Scientific, can be streamed up until the release date on Paste’s website. Click the album artwork to hear the group’s latest effort.