Wednesday, September 01, 2021

DMA’s Dive Deeper into the Complexity of Love in ‘I Love You Unconditionally, Sure Am Going To Miss You’

DMA’s newest EP, ‘I Love You Unconditionally, Sure Am Going to Miss You’, is yet another collection of reverted-filled future indie classics. Each song is packed with the bittersweet flavour that keeps fans firmly hooked to the Aussie trio.

Arguably most famous for their viral cover of Cher’s ‘Believe’ on Triple J’s Like A Version, this indie-rock three-piece continued to develop their signature silvery sound since debuting their cover back in 2016.


Lyrically, DMA’s play to their strengths in ‘I Love You Unconditionally, Sure Am Going to Miss You’

This EP evokes a bittersweet feeling about the difficulties of navigating through “the darkness” of young intimacy. Darkness is a recurring theme in this EP, and that common trope of intimacy is the guiding “star” that takes us through the unknown. This is a familiar idea to fans of any genre of music, DMA’s are not necessarily trying to reinvent the wheel here but rather giving credit to the vast complexity of this feeling through their music.


Junk Truck Head Fuck’ offers the most enticing take on love that this EP has to offer. This song avoids the well-covered perspective of a sudden and catastrophic end to a relationship. It is true that sometimes the most somber end to what could have been in the slow crumble of love, summed up by the line, “Well I meant to break your heart, but I didn’t mean wear it down”. 

We all know that even the most promising of young flings will come to an end one way or another, but nobody ever wants to experience the pain of being worn down by something that could’ve been so good. The penultimate line of this closing ballad, “This goodbye collapsed on you with eyes too heavy to hold” recalls the slow and bitter end of love that is so similar to the inevitable slip into sleep after a long and meaningful day that you only wished could have carried on.


When listening to DMA’s, you get that the recording is simply a trailer for the true version of the song. This is a band whose art is very much rooted in the ephemerality of live performance; that classic DMA’s sound doesn’t seem complete without the imperfections of the stage and their cult following. There’s no doubt that when DMA’s roll up to their month-long UK tour starting this October, the lyrics of each and every song will ripple their way through anticipating crowds. 


Max Bover


Image: ‘I Love You Unconditionally, Sure Am Going to Miss You’ Official EP artwork (PRESS)

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