Known for their transcendent live performances, majestic dark romanticism, and rich, sprawling orchestration, The Dears are a band with an ever-burgeoning destiny. ‘Money Babies’ is the lushly evocative single from Missiles, their fourth studio album released worldwide on Dangerbird Records this week, a sublime work of stripped-down arrangements and raw emotion. Musically restrained, yet with lyrics that are urgent, Lightburn and Yanchak’s voices meld together exquisitely to create a truly plangeant triumph.
Originating in 1995, Murray Lightburn and Natalia Yanchak have remained the core of this dynamic band, as members have stepped in and out of the line-up over the course of their impressive career. Harking back to their beginning, the forthcoming album is steeped in the band’s signature sound yet embellished with contemporary flavour, charting into new territory. The exquisite and often complex arrangements serve as the springboard for the urgency in Lightburn’s lyricism. His overt storytelling swirls through epic instrumentation, raw with emotion and dramatic pauses, playing out like a cinematic romance with moving interludes.