No, this is pop at its best, though not the sort of pop you would find anywhere near the charts or mainstream radio; more’s the pity. No, this is pop made from the best bits of a hundred years of musical refinement and evolution. It is a sound percolated through early jazz dance bands and post-war soul divas, political funk outfits and purveyors of conscious soul, acid-jazz revivals, and post-modern jukeboxes. And the result is both revelatory and authentic, familiar yet wonderfully fresh and forward-thinking.” - Dave Franklin

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That I'm Pretty

Dilly Dally Alley

Mitch van Laar of Dilly Dally Alley makes his songwriting debut with "That I'm Pretty," a song that evolved from a melody he had been patiently waiting to utilize for years. Following the second date with his girlfriend, he felt an irresistible pull toward the piano, and at long last, that melody found its meaning. Weeks of experimentation
Mitch van Laar of Dilly Dally Alley makes his songwriting debut with "That I'm Pretty," a song that evolved from a melody he had been patiently waiting to utilize for years. Following the second date with his girlfriend, he felt an irresistible pull toward the piano, and at long last, that melody found its meaning. Weeks of experimentation followed as he tirelessly explored different melodies and harmonies, with his patient roommate bearing witness to the extremely repetitive process. The song ends with a powerful chorus repeating the lyric "When you said that I'm pretty" referring to a transformative memory of Mitch's girlfriend telling him that she thinks that he is pretty. Midway through the song, Dilly's horn section, Mitch Van Laar and Denny Carlson features a winding, electrifying melody that originated during Mitch's college days when he lived in an apartment above a garage.
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since releasing their debut album in may of last year, dilly dally alley has gained local reputability for their "pop smarts, soulful grooves, deft dance vibes" from sources like the current, mpr, racket mn, americana highways, rootstime, and more. ultimately, they hope that their eclectic jazz sound inspires audiences to dance a little harder, love a little better, scream a little louder, and be a better caretaker for the communities they belong to. 

 

Members of this family so far are Denny Carlson (alto sax), Ben Ehrlich (drums), Levi Schwartzberg (keys),  Sophia Spiegel (vocals, guitar, cello), Mitch Van Laar (trumpet), & Max Voda (bass, violin).

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Same Damn Door

Dilly Dally Alley

Same Damn Door is about how foolish it is to pursue success with too much ambition. It was written by founder and lead singer of Dilly, Sophia Spiegel, after her engineer and coproducer, Adam Tucker, told her to write a short, silly song without thinking too hard about it. They were having a conversation about the political landscape of the music
Same Damn Door is about how foolish it is to pursue success with too much ambition. It was written by founder and lead singer of Dilly, Sophia Spiegel, after her engineer and coproducer, Adam Tucker, told her to write a short, silly song without thinking too hard about it. They were having a conversation about the political landscape of the music industry, how serious everything felt at the time, and how odd it is that people worked so hard to perform and release to just be in meaningful, playful spaces with other people.

It opens with a high BPM groove laid down by Dilly drummer Ben Ehrlich. Slowly, other voices trickle in to accompany Sophia’s angry diatribe. Maxwell Voda creeps in with a soon-to-be roaring bass groove, doubled by a thrumming synth that gets equally as deafening. Levi Schwartzberg joins in with his sultry Rhodes chords, and so does Sophia with her melodious guitar. Mitch Van Laar and Denny Carlson enter the stream of crescendoing noises with snaking, chromatic horn lines, until the whole band drops out for Sophia’s jaded conclusion to her angry rant: “Is a door that leads to heaven just the same damn door that leads to hell?” Thus commences a song that, within the span of just 3 minutes, will make banging your fists, stomping your feet, and maybe even quitting your job all too irresistible.
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