New York-based Folk/Indie Electronic band Dogwood Last releases their latest single “Mari (feat. Spec Kay)”, out 6/11/21. According to the central figure, primary songwriter, and the driving force behind the group, Kory Burrell, the song was inspired by the end of a prior relationship with a notable age gap. “Age and time became somewhat of a filter/barrier for all our communication,” he says. “‘Mari’ is about navigating the secrets [and] truths about ourselves we keep from ourselves and each other…it could be interpreted as if it were one person speaking to another or a relationship, but also as if it were a person speaking to themselves.” The new single brilliantly explores the duality of complicated and conflicting emotions surrounding a relationship’s end – “good and bad, frustration and joy, yearning and rejection”.
Dogwood Last was initiated by Burrell as a solo project of experimentation in 2015. The next few years saw him creating demos and songs, eventually leading to Dogwood’s debut release Time Follows in 2018, produced alongside Volcano Choir’s Thomas Wincek. After the record’s release, Dogwood expanded to include three additional members, including musicians Jesse Morvan, Skyler Hagner, and Matt Jernigan. Since then, the band has been performing live shows across New York and the tri-state area before the COVID-19 pandemic unexpectedly ensued. The group gathers sonic inspiration from alternative acts such as Bon Iver, The Japanese House, and Hiss Golden Messenger. On the new release, Burrell states that “Mari” touches on the “perspective of dismissing time; casting it away”, as the song is meant to be a continuing conversation on Dogwood’s previous record and it’s prominent themes of time.
Over the years, Dogwood Last has been featured in Vents Magazine, an underground indie publication, as well as collaborated with acclaimed musician JT Bates, who has worked for Taylor Swift and The National. Dogwood’s last album, Time Follows, was mastered by Huntley Miller, who has previously worked with Bon Iver. Their newest release brings unfeigned honesty that the indie genre achieves best.