The second release from DP WAITING FOR SOMETHING follows in the footsteps of the 2013 IN BLOOM. The seven songs on this album build around steady drums beats and prominent bass lines while the guitars and keyboards usually create atmosphere reverb drenched leads. It’s instrumental music that could easily have vocals thrown in the mix but chooses not to. You can think of it as music that Joy Division may have made in a parallel universe if Ian Curtis wasn't around to take on the vocal duties. There are some lulls here and there but for the most part this album kept me engaged. I felt the songs sounded unique and can’t think of any solo artists who are making this type of sound these days.
The album starts off with “WANDERING,” which sets the tone for the rest of the album. The distorted guitars hang low in the mix making plenty of room for the bass to be heard. Rather than having a climax the song creates a hypnotic vibe that feel more like a trance than a rollercoaster. The second song “FEELING GOOD” brings out the guitars creating a more balanced approach. I have to admit I really wanted to make up my own vocal melody. The music is very conducive to having a stellar vocal line. Nevertheless it was an enjoyable song.
“DAYDREAM” is a high-energy song containing a concoction of distorted guitars that added a sense of chaos to the music. The bass line wasn't overclocked but effective. “BLUEBERRY BLISS TEA” may have been the least inspired song. It didn't contain much energy and left me in need of an energy pill. DP ends the album with “LISTENING TO NONSENSE,” which contains one of his strongest bass lines as well as guitar lines.
WAITING FOR SOMETHING is worth your time to listen to. The instrumentals are strong enough to carry the songs a majority of the time. I do however wonder why he has decided to omit vocals from songs that could easily support a vocal line.
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