Off the back of their recently released, and already widely successful debut ep “Palette”, Australian trio daste. give us a peek at some new music they’ve been working on with new single ‘What if?’.
‘What If?’ delves into a nostalgic tale filled of hypotheticals of what could’ve been in all aspects of our lives, and the personal journey we all must endure to keep rolling with the punches and not delving on what could have been.
‘’What If?’ started out as a little bit of fun. Often, I’ll make some chords and a very rough beat just to get the foundation of an idea started and send it to the fellas to see if it plucks any strings. Tyler and Braxton came through with such good melodic ideas that the whole process was so effortless and fun.
‘What if?’ expresses the idea of nostalgia and the thought of what could have been if friendships had not ended and relationships not failed. It’s a personal thought process that I believe many experiences and can understand, but, what’s important in the message is to keep on moving forward with zero regrets.’
As we bask the glowing warmth of ‘What If?’, its ultra-smooth bass-lines couple alongside ambient guitars and lively percussion, which play off perfectly with the laid-back feel in the vocals and the overall organic lushness of the song.
“As a group, we’re super laid back and share a very similar taste in 60s & 70s music that we’ve always talked about drawing influence from both through our song writing and production approach. Early on in the process of writing these new tracks, we decided to record everything from home in our small studio to find the beauty in the rawness of our production. Sometimes it’s the imperfections that make it what it is. Our studio is where we have always felt most comfortable, writing, producing and even rehearsing. This has definitely brought a new confidence to our releases.”
‘What If?’ is available everywhere now via Mammal Sounds Records, and Gold Coast fans can catch daste. performing live at Elsewhere Bar on November 8 (get your tickets here) with special guests JVLY and Ladla.
They’re also one of 16 acts that will be performing as part of Electronic Music Conference (aka EMC) at The Lansdowne in Sydney on November 13 – more details on that can be found here!
Writing by Callum Macdonald, Tyler Harden, Braxton Tai
Production by Callum Macdonald.
Mastering by Paul Blakey
Artwork by daste