Happy Dagger – “10000 Miles”

Jeff Cubbison

Portland psychedelic artist drops dreamy new single off upcoming LP

Happy Dagger is the moniker of Portland musician Jesse Robertson, who crafts a wondrous, dreamy blend of post-psych and soft-rock. We were big fans of his 2016 self-titled album, which featured an array of reverb-soaked riffs, slithery, trippy melodies and warped production tricks. Today Impose is thrilled to premiere his slick and artsy latest single “10000 Miles,” which is also the first taste of his newly-announced forthcoming LP Nowhere.

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With “10000 Miles,” groovy basslines and pulsating percussion greet Robertson’s smooth, understated singing voice right out of the gate. There’s a buoyant and hallucinogenic swirl to these dreamy sounds as dashes of dazzling synths lift the track to sweeping sonic heights over an anthemic chorus. The track is rounded out by noodling lead guitar riffs and pensive lyricism. It’s got us absolutely hyped for the new album.

Also, the song arrives along with an eye-popping music video directed with deft visual aplomb by fellow psych marauder Vinyl Williams. Acid-washed colors, staticky graphic overlays and kaleidoscopic space imagery flutter across the screen with a dazed intensity – a perfect visual companion for Happy Dagger’s swelling cosmic soundscapes.

Nowhere arrives in June via Portland power pop purveyor Mo Troper‘s Day to Day Records. We’ll let you know when that pre-order becomes available. Until then, you can watch the amazing video for “10000 Miles” below.

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