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Dominant Legs

Young At Love And Lofe


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The great West Coast calls to Dominant Legs, and Dominant Legs, in turn, calls San Francisco home. Ryan Lynch began to write the glittering ballads and blurred out pop songs that, with the addition of Hannah Hunt, make up Dominant Legs. Lynch had been honing the band's misty, nostalgic sound for awhile, experimenting with song writing as a kid and having spent the previous years playing guitar in another SF band. Hunt spent her childhood singing and performing; her eternal passion for music led her to dive back in after years of not performing. With Lynch on guitar and vocals, and Hunt on vocals and keys, Dominant Legs' sincere and dance-y pop songs tap into a sound that is at once naively sweet and self-consciously tragic.


“It doesn’t take much for me to get caught up in a reverie,” sings Ryan Lynch on “About My Girls,” and he and Hannah Hunt find different ways of showing how true this is on Dominant Legs' summery debut EP, Young at Love and Life. On the aforementioned song and the title track, the duo serves up bright, synth-driven pop that’s as danceable as it is innocent, conjuring a sweetly nostalgic sound that recalls Lefse labelmates Neon Indian minus some of the narcotic haze. Lynch is also Girls’ guitarist, and while Young at Love and Life shares some of that band’s effortless, slightly ramshackle way with melodies, Dominant Legs are a much gentler outfit. In fact, Hunt and Lynch may be most intriguing on the EP’s moodier tracks. “Clawing Out at the Walls” blends hand drums, flute, and acoustic guitar with a bassline straight out of Motown, making for an intriguing collision of soul, folk, and indie pop. “Run Like Hell for Leather” is even more distinctive, adding drum programming and electronic washes that evoke Arthur Russell's electro-acoustic avant pop. Throughout it all, Lynch and Hunt's voices complement each other perfectly, his tremulous vocals softened by her sugary ones. This EP shows that Dominant Legs are indeed quite young, and sometimes it’s hard to tell if the way they jump from sound to sound is experimentation or just seeing what sticks. Nevertheless, Young at Love and Life packs a lot of promise into its 16 minutes.

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Artist Dominant Legs
Track Listing Young At Love And Life Clawing Out At The Walls About My Girls Run Like Hell For Leather

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