Using Regina Spektor’s four-producer Far approach and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Maps” as a thesis song, Dance Movie gathered three guides and a bunch more friends into spending a few mild winter days bowing guitars, squeezing accordions and singing doo-wop lines across 11 indie-pop songs. Inspired by the heartfelt-yet-sharp songwriting of Jenny Lewis, Brian Fallon, John K. Samson and Tori Amos, it begins quietly, at first blush, and just as quietly at failure, with the crush-to-rejection spectrum lying between. They called this recording Interlopers, for all the other people who don’t end up where they thought they would.
Dance Movie is led by Tara Thorne from the salt-encrusted streets of Halifax, where the band has made three EPs: It’s in the And (2010, produced by Amelia Curran); Bask (2010, produced by Daniel Ledwell); and the free, digital concept record Ladycops (2011). DM has opened for Bahamas, Hannah Georgas, Forest City Lovers, Born Ruffians and Shotgun Jimmie.
Produced in three parts by Matt Charlton (the experimenter), Amelia Curran (the folk diarist) and Jenn Grant (the pop maven), Interlopers is for sad sacks and hopeful dreamers, dancers and sleepers, lovers and haters—their rights, but mostly their wrongs.