Isaac Diskin is a young artist who is only eighteen years old but still has seven years experience writing music. He started at eleven so you could say his self-titled album Isaac Diskin was a long time ago. His debut shows potential with original songs that at this point still feel fairly influenced from music he probably grew up on.
I really enjoyed his vocals throughout the album. He has a good voice that is palatable and smooth. His guitar work was also notable. Diskin doesn't attempt anything too fancy or ambitious technically but it fits the song.
As far as the production there are some things that still can definitely be improved in that department; the drums especially which sounded digital were really low in the mix and didn’t add energy. There are other issues such as guitar frequencies completely masking his vocals. Despite some of the issues of the recording quality Diskin builds a solid foundation for himself with these songs.
Diskin opens with the bluesy and soulful “Number Four.” The song is straightforward and didn't throw me any curveballs. I would have liked to hear his natural voice rather than such wet effects but I still thought he sounded good.
I vastly preferred the sound on “I've Been Wondering.” It’s a soft, intimate song that works great with his voice. The song sounded natural and I really hope he continues with a similar aesthetic in the future. “Excuses” show some more reverence for pop and rock acts from as far back the ’50s. “Nothing Seems The Same” contains some inspired moments. A certified highlight was the closer “Silent Room.” His vocal melody in particular was emotionally resonant.
Diskin is still very much in the embryonic stage of his development as a musician. I started a couple of years after him and haven’t stopped and I’m twice as old as Diskin. My point is that Diskin's sound will evolve and most likely improve as the years go by.
The best advice I could say at this point is to either start learning more about engineering and production or save up to work in a studio with an engineer/producer. There will be a vast improvement with the sound with someone who is experienced in the field.
Overall Diskin has talent and is already a good songwriter. I’m sure we will be hearing more from him soon.
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