Drifting Slowly Awake by Diescher sounds a bit like its title. The four songs have very little energy to me and feel very somber. I can’t say Diescher is a naturally gifted singer but his voice sometimes fits the music. I had trouble making out most of the lyrics because of his delivery.
The EP opens with “This Isn't Me” which has hints of hope and happiness but the song just drags itself through sadness with the lyrics and other layers of music which sit on on top of the strummed chords. That being said the song grew on me but it took about three listens before I started to appreciate it.
“Spin Again” sounds a whole lot like “Dust in the Wind.” Even the lyrics revolve around a similar subject. I liked the initial guitar picking which was haunting and enjoyed some of the layers. The song felt like it needed a more prominent chorus although the vocal harmonies towards the end were well delivered.
“Lost My Place” feels submerged in anti-gravity and the song tries to make its way through a opaque jelly substance. The song feels like the end of a depressing dream where nothing is real and you look at your hands only to realize you are a biological entity trapped in thought.
Not good workout music to get the adrenaline pumping. “Someone Is Home” has a similar dissonant feel as if I was experiencing depersonalization alongside suicidal thoughts while still seeing a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.
Overall Drifting Slowly Awake is drenched in melancholy and made Elliott Smith songs sound cheerful. This isn’t everyday listening for most cats but it has a time and place.
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