Tune of the Week: Dizzy’s “Backstroke”

Full disclosure: I’m very particular about my music and started Neal Audio in order to enjoy it to the fullest. There are few bands that actually make it to my favorites list, making it fairly short. Porcupine Tree (and of course Steven Wilson), London Grammar, Howard, and a few others. I listen for hours on end trying to dig up gold… skipping most everything… it’s like kissing frogs. Lots and lots of frogs.

So one very late night while kissing frogs—Rooning (Tidal Rising – Indie-Rock), out comes this tune called “Swim.” I was lying in bed reading, and did a double-take. Not a frog??

Next, I went into the living area where my high-end sound system resides, sat down in the sweet spot, and started the track over. Wow. Just beautiful. Like beautiful writing… straight from the heart. Nothing contrived. And containing another rare earth element: originality.

The band hails from Canada calls themselves Dizzy, and this remarkable debut album is titled “Baby Teeth.” Katie Munshaw is the singer, and although her voice certainly doesn’t have the range of Hannah Reid (London Grammar), it doesn’t have to. She knows her strengths and plays to them… with a style and sound all her own. And thank God for that, because the result is, for me at least, spiritual at times.

Significant credit must also be given to the other talented band members, Charlie, Alex, and Mackenzie Spencer, who happen to be brothers… something of a rarity in music and that’s pretty cool in my book.

As luck would have it, there are a few other songs on this album that turned out not to be frogs. My tune of the week is “Backstroke”, which is my ultimate favorite on the album. Simply stunning… breathtaking in its ethereal sound and honesty. A song of unrequited love and the dread of an anticipated breakup. I love it.

The Music is the Trophy



Dizzy’s “Backstroke” (Baby Teeth Album)


Indie Pop / Dream Pop / Alternative


Roon – Tidal
DAC: Bricasti M1SE
Integrated Amplifier: Belles Aria
Speakers: Harbeth P3ESR Anniversary
Cables: Analysis Plus Oval 9 & Solo Crystal IC