Having recently shared the stage with bands like Strand of Oaks and Southeast Engine, Max Sollisch (aka Dolfish) is no stranger to the kind of rural, resolute indie rock that those bands, and Sollisch himself, have spent the last few years refining. In fact, after listening to the newest track from Dolfish, “I’d Rather Disappear Than Stay The Same”, from his upcoming album of the same name, similarities can also be seen in contemporaries such as The Mountain Goats and gothic country singer Robbie Fulks. His use of the carefully executed lo-fi introduction, the fiercely strummed acoustic guitar, and his high-pitched nasal twang, which sounds so similar to The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle that the two may as well be brothers, all seem to point to the fact that Sollisch is well aware of his own place in this musical lineage. It also helps that he has the same kind of literate playfulness in his lyrics that Darnielle has all but perfected with The Mountain Goats.
Beats Per Minute is pleased to be able to premiere this new song from Dolfish, and we’re all curious to hear what else Sollisch has in store for us. His upcoming LP I’d Rather Disappear Than Stay The Same comes out on October 30th from Afternoon Records. You can swing by the Bandcamp page for his debut EP to hear some songs from that earlier release.
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