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dios, los aroboles EP (Dim Mak)
If you're familiar with Hawthorne, California, you would know that it's home to pop legend Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys and later, home to indie-rock band Black Flag. Soon, you will know Hawthorne as the home of brothers Kevin and Joel Morales and their band dios (all lowercase). One listen to their debut EP, Los Arboles, that's "the trees" in Spanish, and you'll have a hard time believing that this band has only been playing together for a year and a half. In that span, dios have played at South By Southwest, gone on tour with the New Amsterdams, and the Polyphonic Spree, while also securing a coveted spot at this year's Coachella Festival. On Los Arboles, the band unveil five tracks of dreamy harmonies, intricate orchestrations, and the melodic sensibilities that made the Beach Boys and the Beatles so irresistible. The opening tracks, "All is Said + Done", "You'll Get Yours", "Everyday", and "Tragic Lady" are wistful, poignant indie pop. Meanwhile, the slacker-themed, sing-a-long, "Bust Out the Candy", illustrates the band's sense of humor while showcasing the electrifying charisma of The Polyphonic Spree, Flaming Lips, and The Eels. It is evident on Los Arboles, that dios are a noteworthy band to watch.