As much as I love music, you’d guess it would be easier for me to find albums where I enjoy every single track but that’s rarely the case. There are very few that I listen to in their entirety. Even my faves One Direction aren’t immune to that. That’s why when I downloaded BØRNS new album Dopamine, I expected to enjoy it – but not LOVE it. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that my finger never once itched to press skip. In fact, I don’t even know if I could label one particular song as my top choice. I just want to listen to the entire thing on repeat.
Dopamine had been on my horizon since I named BØRNS one of my artists to watch in 2015. I had high hopes, but with his major label debut he actually blew me away. If I want to get all cheesy here I could totally make a reference to dopamine being the pleasure neurotransmitter and that being what the album delivers, but I won’t go that far.
I will however say when I listen to Dopamine, I get a magical feeling from the music. I’ve found myself swirling around at work in my chair like I’m channeling Florence Welch on stage. I know one of these days someone is gonna walk by just at the moment I do something incredibly embarrassing like that.
BØRNS is reminiscent of MIKA with his airy honey-smooth falsetto voice. At times it sounds like there’s someone else accompanying him, but that’s just the wonders he can do when he lets his vocals soar. Add in a touch of MGMT with synthesizer flourishes and you’ve got a wonderful mix. If I had to describe BØRNS it’s sunshine and summer mixed into a flowing pop rock album. I almost feel like I need to be lazing the day away in my swan intertube, wearing heart sunglasses, and drinking a delicious cocktail out of paper straw from a mason jar when I listen to Dopamine.
The album is full of cohesion as all eleven tracks flow whimsically into the next. Even the more melancholy tunes are catchy and dream like. This encompassing feeling is provided by the light glimmering percussion beats and whirling guitar riffs that are weaved throughout.
I’ve got a feeling that soon Dopamine will be making lots of people happy and you’ll be hearing more of it. Looks like I’ll have to invest in a pair of sunglasses it seems.
What was the last album you loved in full?
P.S. – If you’re digging the dream pop vibes just like me, another artist up your alley is Shura. Her song “Touch” had me swaying in my chair as well.
Until next time,