Billy & Dolly
San Francisco duo’s synthheavy debut.
Bill Rousseau and Dahlia Gallin Ramirez were the driving force behind Californian power‑pop mavericks The Monolith (no relation to the LA doom‑metallers of the same name). Although that band has been inactive for a while, this spin‑off duo take the same groove‑driven approach and add a little more bottom‑end grunt and high‑flying harmony pop to
the mix. For those perpetually about to rock, the production, even on the riffier tracks, might make all this a little polite and a touch too cool to really punch you in the gut.
But there’s still much to like: the glam swagger of Want It – an infectious tune that is a definite highlight of the album – has a sassy pop charm; the trippy, hypnotic headswim of Bobby is underpinned by heavy synth mud; Setting Sun has a grungy twang offsetting blissed‑out West Coast harmonies.
Too heavy for synth pop, too light for electro‑rock is about the size of it.