“To be listened to in which the spirit it was made” are the lines hidden on the inter cover of The Dig’s newest album, Bloodshot Tokyo, instantly preparing the listeners for a relatable album from start to finish. This is The Dig’s third full album and Bloodshot Tokyo is the definition of third times a charm. Based out of New York, The Dig have channeled their classic rock and roll style roots and combined it with the fun, free feelings of modern synthesized beats to create a spacey heaven for any music lover.
The album begins with “Intro (Ordinary mind)”, a 1:07 good- feeling melody creating the limitless feeling that music can bring to a listener. The only lyrics spoken during the song are “ordinary mind”, which reminds us that although we feel free, we are all interconnected by similar wants and challenges (including lust and struggle with oneself), which are addressed heavily throughout the rest of the album. This transitions seamlessly with “Jet Black Hair” a previously released single from the album, full of rhythm and a psychedelic like wonder. Songs like “Jet Black Hair”, “Bleeding Heart [You are the one]”, and “Let Your Lover Know” catch you through simple, soulful lyrics and funky guitar riffs demonstrating the overall 70’s vibe of Bloodshot Tokyo and are likely to be instant favorites.
However, The Dig did not abandon the slower, darker compositions know from past records. “Tired of Love” shows the slow deterioration of a once very active, passionate love and the emotions that come with the continuous effort put into a ultimately failing relationship. The song concludes with “It’s over my friend” suggesting that the progression of dislike lead to a rather numb acceptance of the loss of love. In addition, “Over the Rails”, the concluding track on the album, begins with a bright piano riff following a rather angelic melody lead us to a time of inner reflection. Lyrics such as “over the rails and not trying to hang on” display that the speaker knows that in the end, he is alone in his journey. This reminds us that we are in charge of our own futures and make decisions to get us where we are.
Overall, Bloodshot Tokyo is great for anyone seeking a spiritual daze and a chill night in. I would defiantly recommend it for any fans of Foster The People, Tame Impala or Generationals.
By: Elizabeth Face