The sweeping new cut sets the mood for the Sydney trios sophomore record – a stunning collection of pop songs where layered guitars meets emotional ballads.
World premiering the single on triple j Breakfast, DMA’S guitarist Johnny Took explained he originally wrote the track on piano at his family home and backing down from the six-strings was a conscious decision for the new album.
“There’s more pad and synth stuff going on,” he said. “I think when we did Hill’s End we were like ‘put 40 guitars on it’. [This time] let’s only put guitars down if we need them, try and keep some space and let it breathe a bit.”
In signature honesty, vocalist digs deep for the heart-breaking toplines. “I can’t say, where will I be when the world stops shaking, I can’t stay, where will I be when my heart’s still breaking” he sings, “it’s in the air, there’s something in the way she drifts up there”.
For Now, was mostly recorded at DMA’S studio home above the Lady Hampshire Hotel in Camperdown. The band then enlisted producer Kim Moyes (one half of The Presets) at The Grove in Somersby, New South Wales to fine tune what is now the creative expansion and final product of both the single and album.
“I was brought on board to help the boys record drums for ‘Dawning’ and ‘In The Air’ but I fell so hard for all of the material in the demos that I knew fairly quickly that I would need to convince the band to let me sink my teeth much deeper. I truly loved working with these guys. So much,” said Kim Moyes.
‘In The Air’ follows the first single from For Now, ‘Dawning’, a song that cemented DMA’S comeback that is once again packed with brutally real lines like “I don’t know anyone / That’s taken this from me / I’m lonlier that I’ve ever been”, but you would be forgiven for losing the sadness beneath the sweet layers of summery guitars.
For Now (which you can pre-order now) follows DMA’S critically acclaimed debut LP Hills End (released March 2016) and their self-titled EP from 2014. It’s been a minute between tinnies at The Globe and whatever’s in the air feels good.