That’s It, We’re Listening To Only ‘Afro-Dream-Pop’ This Summer

Ladies, we have found your newest summer fling: Dirty Gold.

Made up of brothers Lincoln and John Ballif, along with their friend Grant Nassif, Dirty Gold originated in San Diego, California when the three were still finishing up high school.

Lincoln decided to make music his summer project, composing their biggest hit, “California Sunrise.” His brother, a music blogger, posted about the song and soon enough, the group was getting their well-deserved attention. The summer after graduation, the band recorded their first EP, Roar.

This indie band is all about positivity and good vibes, which is absolutely perfect for a relaxing and sunny summer day. Influenced by old pop, classic rock, and even some Afrobeats, the band has earned their own genre of “Afro-dream-pop” by quite a few fans. And rightfully so: their songs combine a dreamy easy feeling with traditional Afrobeat elements such as heavy drum beats.

While challenged with balancing college and music, the band has been very active, performing coast to coast. With an album in the works, fans can expect a full set of dreamy, Beastie Boy-esque music.

But for now, here’s a little gift they’ve left us via Twitter – their newest single, Moses.

Time to roll down the windows and go for a drive.

Juliany Nakazato

Contributor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Major: Graphic Design Her heart belongs to: Tea, coffee shops, indie alternative music and frozen mango pieces. Her guilty pleasures: Weird socks & ugly sweaters

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