Originally, a couple of musicians with over 20 years of experience playing in other people’s projects, due to some life-changing events they decided to come together and play their own music. Dēpsikk, therefore, is a vehicle for the band members to fully express themselves with their own original ideas and vibes. The band is releasing their self-titled debut EP Depsikk.
On a technical level, the EP felt like a work that showcases the band members skill set as musicians. Honing vibrant guitars, tight bass, energized keys as well as the band’s ingenuity with programming beats, the album felt like a good mixture of both their ability to rock out organically as well as digitally. The sound felt neither manufactured nor contrived. In fact, I felt that the sound was very in-the-pocket, showing the bandmates’ ease on their instruments as they display a smooth lounge, oftentimes funk-based sound that can switch from groovy to sensual-sounding depending on the track.
Dēpsikk gets moving with “Shadows,” where right away the music struts right in. The melody is a smooth blend of cool vibes. The vocals also come across as laid-back and mellow. As the music washes over you, listeners will be provoked to start moving along with the groovy music. Dashes of funk could also be detected from the energized synths and keys. An easy-going R&B vibe gets executed on “Take What’s Mine.” The combined vocal harmonies felt very dynamic. The vocal layers grow more vibrant as the fire behind the vocal seethe with emotional power. The fierce vocals almost felt like a rap sequence. The fast-paced beats go on to power through the track in the backdrop.
On “None Of A Kind,” sultry guitars take the track by the reins. More rap-like vocals persuade the listener to listen on. The vibes were very compelling. The band ups the ante with this energized number. On “Prettier,” tribal beats add an Afro flair to this song. The energy of this track is contagious.The song carried some dark riffs and the gritty layers really added an extra component that really gave another necessary dimension to the album. Recalling a Wu-Tang Clan vibe, the band adds some unique vocal characterizations to “Rhyme Or Reason.” The antics really gave a distinct flavoring to this track. More gritty beats added traction to this song. I loved the energy on this closer.
The band shows that they are naturals in front of the mic, performing these mellow indie concoctions. You can tell from their close-knit interactions that they are a tight group of people, who have most likely played together in sessions well before the project formed. Their rapport is obvious from the get-go. And their performances display players who are perfectly at home playing in front of audiences whether live or invisible, stretching their talents to show the most of their potential. The EP proves that this is only the beginning for the band. This was a good start and I am excited to see where they go next from here.
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