We’re glad to announce that Washington DC, United States-based indie dream pop band The Infinite Daisy Chains have released a new single, entitled “Paper Tigers.”
The Infinite Daisy Chains are Ian Dandridge (guitar, electronic music production, bass guitar, backing vox, synthesizers) and Kristina Westernik-Dandridge (vocals, violin, drum machines, electronic music production). Since releasing “Hope You Grow” in September (for which you can read our review here), the dynamic duo are building momentum with the second single from their upcoming EP to be released on October 22nd, entitled Between You and Me. The Infinite Daisy Chains will have a release party for the EP at Comet Ping Pong in Washington DC on the 22nd; and they’re currently working on collaborations with Spaceface, a retro futuristic psych pop band based in Los Angeles and Memphis, as well as with members of Thievery Corporation.
“Paper Tigers” is a sorrowful, indie pop lament remarking on the day-to-day stressors that consume one’s energy. The song was inspired by a recurring lucid dream that Kristina Westernik-Dandridge experiences, which comes to an abrupt end by walking through an imagined door, at which point she is suddenly startled back to reality. This experience of existing between dream states and an anxious reality inspired The Infinite Daisy Chains to write “Paper Tigers,” the figurative tigers in the song symbolizing the preoccupations in life that appear threatening but are ineffectual.
“Paper Tigers” represents the buildup of little stressors throughout one’s day that ignite the sympathetic (or “fight or flight”) responses in the nervous system and adrenals, ultimately causing burnout unless you consciously try to adapt and seek ways to destress to find a “restful and recovering” state of being. For Kristina, creating music with Ian, her partner in The Infinite Daisy Chains, is that avenue to destress. In the song, the duo recorded walls of guitar, dreamy vocals and atmospheric synth pads, and driving arps and percussion to capture the emotional sentiments of the songwriting. Kristina developed the lyrics in a songwriting class with an organization named Femme Rock, out of Austin Texas, whose mission is to inclusively promote music education and provide a safe space for womxn (cis/trans/nb) to gain confidence and explore creativity.
The Infinite Daisy Chains self-produced, wrote and recorded “Paper Tigers” in their bedroom studio, collaborating with Jake Ingalls (Spaceface), Omar Yakar (The War on Drugs, Warpaint) and Mike Fridmann (The Flaming Lips) for mixing and mastering.
“Paper Tigers” begins with atmospheric synth arpeggios, their bright notes underscored nicely by washed-out guitars and the driving rhythms of the bass and percussion. Throughout the track’s lyrical passages, Kristina’s dreamlike vocals harmonize quite well with the walls of guitar, soaring over their effects-laden textures and adding further to “Paper Tiger”’s otherworldly sound; while a melodic, reverbed guitar solo towards the end of the track leads perfectly into the concluding refrain. “Paper Tigers” is quite an enjoyable listen, once again highlighting The Infinite Daisy Chains’ brilliant songwriting and superb musicianship; I would highly recommend this track to fans of dream pop and indie music alike.
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