DC Gore launches debut solo single "California"
15th November 2021
Part of a rich tradition of distinctly British disrupters, DC Gore releases his debut solo single, "California" today, with a video shot by David J East (Foals, The Japanese House) in the industrial heartlands of the Thames Estuary.
From the dissolution of south London trio Little Cub, Gore has remodelled & reimagined the band’s electronic synth-pop to incorporate additional acoustic instrumentation which makes for a more textured and temperate sound. Via arpeggiated synths, lounge-influenced brass, and buoyant piano chords, "California" offers a slice of widescreen dancefloor-focused melancholia.
As inspired by the unvarnished portraiture of Martin Parr as he is Ballardian grotesquerie - and by the seedy witticisms of Jarvis Cocker and arch art-pop commentary of Neil Tennant, "California" sees Gore conjure up what he describes as "a very English type of failure." Here we find a strong image of our lead "flagging proud in sweaty Speedos…Byron-esque on Venice Beach" - a self-lacerating starkly rendered snapshot of an Englishman abroad distilled within an expansive palette of sophisticated art-pop. California dreaming indeed.
"California" was co-produced by DC Gore and Duncan Tootill with additional production by Tom Gillieron. The track was mixed by Alexis Smith (Speedy Wunderground).