‘Present’ radiates a brooding and insular spirit


Dog Day

Present, fundog, fundog.bandcamp.com

It’s either impressive or incredibly unsettling that Dog Day are able to sound hopeful — even optimistic — while singing lines like, “Tomorrow morning will be hell on earth.” Their brooding, insular spirit is still fully intact on this fifth full-length, but in the seven years since their last release, they’ve reverted from a duo to their prior quartet arrangement, re-recruiting their original drummer and adding a heavy dose of synthesizer. The resulting songs have a lighter feel — not quite pop, but something close. Social anxiety and escapism are recurring themes; this is a fit collection for our current state of affairs