Debris of Titan is a duo consisting of Fox (Michael Diaz) and Nova (Winston Dunlop) from the Hudson Valley in NY. They have been playing together for over six years, ever since they were teenagers. Their sound is an eclectic mix of indie rock, psychedelic pop, folk, soul and progressive rock. It’s not very easy to put their music in a category; each track is completely different and unique from the others. We Could've Had Everything was recorded while they were finishing up college during a transition period in their lives. They describe their album as music about “loss, acceptance, longing, perseverance and all of the ‘what ifs’ in between all of it.”
The album started with “Champagne” which had a strange, trippy intro. The vocals at some points were really hard to understand. I'm not sure if it was intentional or not. The production definitely feels homemade and rough. It felt like an ambiance song, like something you would hear at a spa or yoga studio. I enjoyed it, it was soothing and calming, but other than those feelings, it was hard to really put my finger on its overall message. The next song “Momenta” had a much more indie rock vibe, very mellow and lots of repeating vocals. I could see someone having this play in the background while painting or making pottery or something of that nature. There is a very artsy feeling about each track like these people are too highly evolved for me to fully understand it. Not pretentious, just different.
“March” was softer around the edges and had pretty piano and an almost jazzy vibe. The vocals were still muffled and sounded like background noise which at this point I’m assuming was indeed intentional. The mellow feeling is definitely the foundation again, although this track had almost a ’60s The Mamas and the Papas type of vibe. The following song “New Years at the Johnsons’” was very similar but was a little bit more rhythmic and melodic. This track was very repetitive and had an upbeat, fun vibe. It reminded me a little bit of Foster the People with the way the darker lyrics are disguised with upbeat beats and melodies.
“Sex on the Beach” reminded me a little bit of The Shins, lots of gentle percussion and harmonies throughout the verses. It was a short song, at just over two-minutes long, but probably my favorite track on the album. The final track “Sally” had deeper, monotone vocals with the same mystical harmonies but also had some surprising classic rock guitar solos that gave it more of an edge than the other songs.
We Could've Had Everything is a unique EP. Debris of Titan are artists in every sense of the word and although some tracks were a little over my head, I still enjoyed it. The music is ambient and soothing, and the psychedelic qualities give it an originality that makes it stand out from anything I’ve heard recently. Since Fox and Nova are constantly creating, I expect to hear even more interesting work from them in the future.
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