Tye Dyed Eyes is the solo project for bedroom artist Daniel Dropik. On his release You’re So Yellow, I’m So Green he says the songs touch on themes that relate to his mind set during his transition away from adolescence and into adulthood in a rather abstract way. That statement didn’t make a whole lot of sense considering most of the album is lightly experimental ambient music. Dropik does sing and when he does it's barely above a whisper as if he is on his last dying breath.
The album opens with “Synesthesia” which is a slightly abstract piece. He manipulates a pad with filters of some sort while a drum sound that could use some clarity plays in the background. The song is mostly a dissonant white ball of fuzz that wraps around time and space. Take that how you will but I’m just stating facts. I thought it was one of the more inventive tracks.
“Sink Into The Sky” moves at a snail's pace and has the opposite of energy which I think is anti-matter. At any rate he finds some kind of groove that never changes except the tiny fluctuations which are arguably the focal point.
Up next is “Like The Sun / Like The Trees” which I think might have been a joke for the first minute. He doesn’t really as much sing as much as sound as if he is about to slit his wrists because of his poor soul. Once the percussive elements come in things start to click. He’s got a good groove going around two-and-a-half-minutes while the last minute is atmospheric instrumental.
“Opaque Like Me” is really lo-fi. It sounds like a band that hasn't figured out how to tune their instruments yet has some inspired moments of sound along the way. “A Lovely Neck” was another song where I couldn't figure out his angle. He speaks so melodramatically in this song it's hard to take it seriously. In fact I couldn't. It reminded me of the way I used to laugh while listening to Xiu Xiu.
As the album progresses Dropik is all over the place. He finds a somewhat traditional groove on “Don't You Think About Him” and “So Blue For You” is dissonant and dripping with unconventional melodies.
Dropik is a bedroom artist who has some serious talent and some interesting ideas but still has a lot to can learn in the production department. Making the songs sound more cohesive by limiting his palette of sounds and EQing and compressing them in a similar way would be something he should try to accomplish more of.
In general I think he should try to find out how to carve out his own sound further. His music is largely dissonant and atmospheric which are things that connect the songs but I was also getting distinctly different vibes as well. Sometimes it felt a bit silly but other times quite the opposite.
Dropik is one to keep an eye on. He has some potential and maybe within the next couple of years he will be in similar ranks with sound artists like Fennesz and Kevin Drumm.
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