Dope Lemon announces fourth album, Kimosabé, and reveals groove-laden titular single, co-written by Will Ferrell and Judd Apatow.
Here’s the lowdown:
One of Australia’s most celebrated indie artists, DOPE LEMON, has returned with the announcement of his fourth resplendent album, KIMOSABÈ out Friday, September 1 via BMG. The news is paired with the release of the suave titular single – produced by the artist himself.
‘Kimosabè’ is a divine and open-armed universe, boasting ethereal and mesmerising soundscapes, that transcends the status quo. It’s the first DOPE LEMON album that reveals the face of Angus Stone, the project’s brainchild, on its cover.
The new single was built around a sample from the iconic hit comedy Step Brothers and was co-written by Will Ferrell and Judd Apatow.
He comments: “This record is everything that’s me. In the past, the artwork has been anonymous in a way because I was trying to explore these styles, and having this shield in front of me was beautiful – I could sort of slink around in the shadows and wouldn’t have the public make judgement on the person behind it. This record, I had moments of clarity reflecting on my childhood, and I was able to see where I want to be in the future. So putting myself on the cover just felt right.”
Brimming with temperate melodic guitars and palliative drums, the title track is another effortless offering, complemented charmingly by DOPE LEMON’s sedative voice. The charismatic bass line allows the song to flow seamlessly, as the sultry production emits a tranquil atmosphere, embracing listeners in a laid-back manner. Guided by a jovial funky strut and apt lyrics – “don’t go f*ck with my vibe” – the song’s motive and personality provide perception for the upcoming record.
His most recent album ‘ROSE PINK CADILLAC peaked at #1 on the ARIA Vinyl Chart and ARIA Australian Album Chart and was crowned as triple j’s Feature Album in 2022. The record’s title track placed at #27 in triple j’s Hottest 100 2021. The accolades don’t stop there, with David Letterman personally selecting Dope Lemon’s ‘Marinade’ as the theme song for the new series of his hit Netflix Show My Next Guest.
DOPE LEMON has garnered over 625,000,000 streams and counting across all platforms. Over the past three years, he has sold over 45,000 vinyl, 12,000 CDs and accumulated over 30,000 album and track downloads. He has gained extensive support from Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, Atwood Magazine (USA), DIY Magazine (UK), Harper’s Bazaar, Rolling Stone, NME, Life Without Andy, The AU Review and Sydney Morning Herald.
DOPE LEMON’s discography has been Shazammed over 501,000 times in the past three years and has received over 14,000 radio spins across the globe, with support from triple j, Radio 1 (UK) 6 Music (UK), iHeart Australia and KCRW (USA), amongst a plethora of others.
2023 is shaping up to be a huge year in the live arena for DOPE LEMON, with several dates scheduled throughout Europe, the UK and the USA, including festival appearances at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Outside Lands, Rockwerchter and Best Kept Secret. He sold out every date on his 2022 Australian and New Zealand tour, and has previously been booked on mainstay events such as Splendour in the Grass, Falls Festival, Yours & Owls, Bass in the Grass, Rolling Sets and Day on the Lawn.
KIMOSABÈ (album) will be available worldwide on Friday,
September 1 via BMG.