DOV‘s self-released new single “Be Your Lover” is out now.
A Tel Aviv-born queer artist who left his home country because of his political convictions, Dov Eagle started releasing music as DOV last year with “Save”, a left-field, bass-heavy collaboration with fellow Israelite Tesha. Now based in Brooklyn, DOV is soon releasing his first EP Be Your Lover, whose title track has just been unveiled. With slightly distorted vocals and gloomy electronic beats somewhere in between Portishead and Jamie xx’s most chilled work, “Be Your Lover” sees DOV trying to come to terms with an impossible love and failing at it.
Compared to “Save”, his new single errs on the tranquil side, its synth lines prolonged and atmospheric and the constant harmonizing of the two voices at play bringing in a bittersweet flavour not entirely out of sync with the instrumental’s heavy-hearted synths. Though its vocal parts are not without their charm, the strength of “Be Your Lover” resides almost exclusively in its instrumental track, which boasts a lush ambient influence and rich production tricks to save it from repetitiveness. While undoubtedly a true accomplishment, “Be Your Lover” belongs to that group of songs that are much more effective when surrounded by music similar in tone. It certainly fits in quite nicely with the artist’s essentials playlist, which features like-minded artists like Bibio, Baths or Mount Kimbie. If the rest of his new release goes down the same path as its title track, we could be talking about one of the most exciting EPs for early 2019.