Broke [rock |2016-07-30]
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Dog Orchestra – “Broke”
Before there was Dog Orchestra, the electronic dream-pop collective, there was Dog Orchestra, the intriguing discovery. “We never wanted it to be about us. We wanted it to be about the band and the music as a separate entity,” says Daniel. “As much as I love being part of Dog Orchestra,” adds Niklas, “I want to enjoy it the same way an audience member might. No wall between the band and the listener—that’s the goal.”

With mutual interests in everything from indie rock to dance to hip hop, they joined a few pop bands, which ultimately imploded. Says Niklas, “It wasn’t until me and Daniel moved in together that I felt the music began to sound as good as it should,” with songs like “Broke.” The two alternated between laying down the musical groundwork and writing lyrics, a practice they continue today. “It was effortless,” Daniel continues. “We were inseparable after that, and I remember my sister telling me that my dad thought we were a couple.”

Dog Orchestra started recording guest vocals for their EP in Stockholm, before relocating to Berlin. “It’s less restricted than Stockholm, where everything is clean and at a right angle—even the crooked ones are calculated,” says Daniel. Berlin’s grittier culture represented possibility. “It’s a city in shambles being rebuilt. The opportunities felt less policed. Like the whole city needs a good paint job, and no one is looking over your shoulder telling you how to paint it.” Their experience followed in kind.

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