Over the last few months Australian trio daste. have given us two exceptional singles ‘What If?’ and ‘About Us’, while also making promise that a new ep would be coming our way very soon, and lucky for all of us “soon” is now!
The new ep is titled “Same As It Ever Was” and alongside the two previously released singles you will find two never before heard gems, the ep’s title-track ‘Same As It Ever Was’ and ‘Telephone (What’s Your name?)’, which as the boys explain below was the track that laid the foundations for this entire ep, in a sexy/creepy kinda way…
“The production behind this EP started directly after we had finished our first tour for the Palette EP back in June last year. We sat down tired but eager to start the next chapter of daste., although what happened was definitely unexpected for us.
The first track we wrote was ‘Telephone (What’s Your Name?)’, which felt very moody compared to our previous releases but also quite fresh and familiar at the same time. This ended up shaping the mood of the EP, taking the sound into a darker and more mature space.
The song is written from the perspective of someone who feels a certain way about a person but can’t express it and let them know. You’re head over heels for this person, but they may not even know your name. Now you’re making up scenarios in your head about the two of you together. It’s a bit of a creepy take to be honest which comes across nicely in the instrumentation of the track.” – daste.
Talking Heads fans will be happy to hear that the inspiration around the ep’s title came from one of their songs, but then they’ve mixed in some Two Another and Parcels with some classical jazz to help get this ep right where it needed to be.
“We were inspired by artists such as Two Another and Parcels, as well as some classical jazz music that we happened to stumble across around the same time. We also became attached to this phrase “Same As It Ever Was” after Callum heard it in a Talking Heads song (Once In A Lifetime).
As we progressed through the writing phase of the ep we felt this phrase would be the perfect title for this darker sound we were working on, a sound which felt quite different to the Palette EP but still had our signature sound and overall daste-i-ness. It felt like us, and as far as we were concerned things had never changed because it came so naturally.” – daste.
Writing by Callum MacDonald, Tyler Harden, Braxton TaiProduction by Callum MacDonald
Additional Production & Mixing by JIM ALXNDR (James Vincent)
Mastering by Paul Blakey
Artwork by daste
Press Photos by Maxwell Byrne (aka Golden Vessel)