Dandelion takes on new adventures with Laika, Belka, Strelka. Through their second album, the Dutch four-piece band introduces the world to its country funk: a groovy, lyrical and piano-driven sound with harmonies in the style of Crosby, Stills and Nash. If Dandelion’s music had a smell, it was the smell of smoked leather, or of frozen roads, or the smell of the sea when the wind rips the top from a wave.
Although some music aficionados consider Dandelion to be ‘the Dutch’s best kept secret’, the band has in fact managed to get the backstage WiFi passwords of nearly every theater and concert venue in the Netherlands, after having played many tours and festivals throughout the country.
Laika, Belka, Strelka is the next step in Dandelion’s career. Their second album eulogizes the Russian space dogs that were sent into space in the 50s and 60s of the previous century, and its songs correspondingly deal with living in spite of dying, and with the promise that comes with the passing of time. Laika, Belka, Strelka is Dandelion’s most ambitious album to date: first of all, most instruments were recorded live, and in a vintage studio in Rotterdam named PAF! Studio. The record includes Beatles-inspired arrangements and sounds (such as the Mellotron), reverse pianos, and close-harmonies sung around a single mic. Put on the record and you feel like a fly on the wall, or even better: a privileged listener sitting on the studio carpet, while the band plays their songs for you.
With these cards in hand, Dandelion shows itself to be an indispensable player in the contemporary Dutch music scene, while laying claim to the title of country funk machine.