The Texas born, singer/songwriter Dallas David Ochoa blends together a sound that people say is like a combination of Prince, Frank Zappa, Primus and Ani Defranco. How’s that for diversity? Without a doubt, his latest EP release In Tatters mixes styles and genres up to their full potential. From harder pop and funk, indie rock, progressive and psychedelic jams, Ochoa covers a lot of ground for this short collection of songs. He now resides in Portland, Oregon and his music has been heard on the Portland Radio Project 99.1 FM, Radio Hot Tub and a variety of other Internet and college radio stations.
What I found with Ochoa’s style is that he can get intense, quirky and fun all in one song. He’s got some crazy, catchy hooks and fast repetitive string action – especially on “Shepherds Pie.” I liked this opener for its jerky nature and the keyboard addition was a nice touch. Funk pop at its finest. “Streetlights” was fantastic too for its fun guitar arrangements, cascading harmonious guitar riffs and happy sounds of the keys.
“Ranger” reminded me of an experimental Prince song. The drum programming and tempo changes with fills are a bit slower than the first two numbers and the added extras made me want to listen more. “A Tiny Spell” is a piano ballad that has that ‘tragic love theme’ thing going like a tormented Prince in one of his tried and true crooners – but Ochoa does this well without being over the top or sappy. The space age sounds of the keys were an added bonus, too. He also had the help of female singer Phephi.
“Last Night” doesn’t push the musical boundaries as much as the first three songs – this tune seemed to have a more traditional progression to it. Lyrically, it sounds like it has a dark message – “Daddy made something in the ground last night” – gave me chills. I’d like to mention to that on top of being a multi-instrumentalist, Ochoa’s voice is a unique instrument in itself. Several times I thought I was hearing two separate singers, but in fact, Ochoa’s voice has some very unique twists to it that can only be experienced by listening to his work.
We are dedicated to informing the public about the different types of independent music that is available for your listening pleasure as well as giving the artist a professional critique from a seasoned music geek. We critique a wide variety of niche genres like experimental, IDM, electronic, ambient, shoegaze and much more.
Are you one of our faithful visitors who enjoys our website? Like us on Facebook