Drowning In Your Wake is the solo project of Kyle, hailing from from Birdsboro, PA. He’s been writing music for years and has dabbled with bands before, but ended up in a proper studio to get his work professionally recorded. While he’s not aiming for massive success and clearly just wants to have fun making music, you never know when big things might be on the horizon.
Kyle’s three-track EP entitled Love Lost is short, but sweet. It opens with “The Biggest Mistake’” and Kyle wastes no time making use of the ten minute runtime to make his mark on the listener. Explosive power chords, rapidly-fluctuating piano arpeggios and frantic drum filler all combine in a catchy, chaotic, captivating mess. Pop-punk-esque vocals reminiscent of the 2000s era scream Fall Out Boy, but Kyle’s musical prowess takes things in a slightly more unique direction; multiple layers of sound, incorporating piano with distorted, crunchy guitar, add an extra dimension to his sound.
The second track “The Best Revenge” is shorter and even more frantic than the first. While initially quite similar in terms of aesthetic (similar vocal approach, fluctuating piano melodies and distorted guitar), this is no way detracts from the quality of the music. Even within the short track length, falling way under three minutes, Kyle manages to introduce a little diversity in the latter portion of the track, descending into a pop-punk, piano/vocal sample/guitar-based breakdown.
My attention was most certainly grabbed by the closing track, nonetheless. ‘Sometimes Love’s Not Enough’ opens with melancholic, delicate and stunning guitar chords, piano notes and Kyle’s understanding that “I know you’re feeling down / Cheer up my little brother / You miss having her around / In time you will discover / She wasn’t good enough for you.” I thought this was a sweet close to the EP. Rather than covering the same old romance angle from the singer’s perspective, Kyle writes from the perspective of a brother offering his sibling a little bit of advice on love. Eventually, the song climbs to the dizzying, distorted, pop-punk heights present on the two prior tracks, but the slowed climax of this track is definitely a highlight of the album. Chugging guitar and tinkering piano notes build into the final section, as Kyle promises that “One day you’re gonna thank your lucky stars.”
Covering clichéd topics in a refreshing way, Kyle adds a few extra layers to a forgotten genre of pop/rock music and breathes new life into something we all lost interest long ago. He’s a very interesting artist and I look forward to hearing a full album from him at some point. If it sounds like your kind of thing, don’t just take my word for it. Go and listen.
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