Dutch Criminal Record Channel Groovy Despair In “00’s Nostalgia”

Surf pop with existentialism

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As we approach the end of this year, we can safely sum up 2020 as existentialism on steroids. Aside from all the chaos that’s been going on outside, we’ve been living in lockdown mode digging deeper into our inner crisis. Portsmouth trio Dutch Criminal Record takes us on a groovy ride into the vortex of despair as they use breezy, sizzling synths and glimmering strings to craft a buoyant frisson rush with shiny hooks. Although thematically the track is a heavy-hearted contemplation of life, it’s a mood-boosting one that makes you even embrace your own quarter midlife or midlife or whatever life crisis:

Speaking of the song, Joe Delaney-Stone commented:

“‘00’s Nostalgia’ is a desperate cry of sentimentality in the face of existential dread, it’s something everyone has experienced at one point in their lives.  I wrote it in deep lockdown around late April when the novelty of being cooped up had well and truly worn off. It had been unreasonably hot for April and as I slowly cooked in my barely ventilated North London flat I was noodling on my guitar and the intro riff just appeared on my fingers. As I came to write the lyrics on an old memory on social media catapulted me back to my early teens when the existential threat of global events seemed like something that just happened in the news and not something that would ever affect me. I tried to reflect on that and the effect that comparing myself to others on social media during lockdown had on me and probably countless others.”

The track is a glimpse of their upcoming EP, which will be out in 2021.