DP aka Domenic Petrella is one prolific artist. We have reviewed many of his albums on this website. His new album LIGHT is his seventh release in less than five years. He seems to be using the same equipment but the production seems to be the best yet. I just thought the mixes sounded better; the lows clearly defined, more separation and no harsh highs.
LIGHT is an instrumental album like his previous releases. All the songs have a very similar run time and make for one cohesive piece of work. He opens with “BEAUTIFUL” which is hazy with great contrast between the bass and guitars. I thought the way the chords were drawn out with bass filling in the notes sounded great. That's really something you hear throughout this EP perhaps more than his other releases. The way the bass and guitar complement each other feels symbiotic. Neither instrument seems to be the focal point. Both seem to be on an equal footing.
“WALKING THROUGH A PORTICO” has engaging guitar and bass work. The drums however seem to be there just to have a beat. There are rarely fills or much deviation from the beat. “HBO ON SUNDAY NIGHTS” is the title of a song but is also a true statement. Oh how I miss Westworld on Sunday. The song is one of the most unique of the batch. “TOTALLY BUZZED OUT” took my back to early ’90s indie rock while “GHOST SILVER JM” is a builder that gets more intense as it progresses. He closes with a classic sounding DP song that plays into his signature sound.
One thing has been certain about Petrella over the years. He’s consistently making enjoyable music. From his first release to his latest he can hear an evolution but not a deviation. It’s been about a year since his last release and within the writing process he seems to have become more ambitious than ever. I felt as if there were more transitions; the songs in general never felt stagnant and bass and guitar felt more balanced than ever.
DP is an artist who knows his tools and craft. This is another example of his talents as a producer and a songwriter becoming stronger.
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