In the past couple of years, there’s been a slew of James Blake style artists avalanched onto the music world. As lovely as it is to hear men crooning over well-orchestrated electronic music, these acts oft tend to be very similar with little to discern the differences between them. And though, on paper London-based Deptford Goth may seem to be just another one of these close to pure replicas, and I assume he is often compared to Blake as the spearhead of this genre, thankfully he is distinctly different and, possibly even, more advanced than the young spearhead. His debut album, Life After Defo was received with critical acclaim and garnered Daniel Woolhouse of Deptford Goth moniker a solid fanbase.
The album features beats that are lingering and pensive, and the songs give the feeling of ten second magical moments drawn out into three and a half minutes. It’s an album full of heartache and elation, wrapped up in fantastic songwriting and electronic music production. Though in person, Woolhouse may seem reserved and even shy, his songwriting is open and candid. What is most impressive is that Woolhouse is equally adept at creating lighter, softer-spoken melodies as he is at creating pulsating songs adamant at grabbing your attention with grimy, bass-heavy intros. However, the aspect that maintains fluidity throughout the album is the melancholic nature of every song. These are songs to break up to, fall in love, and feel the wave of romantic nostalgia – this is a harmonious life-affirming album if there ever was. Deptford Goth recently played Broadcast in Glasgow to an intimate crowd and the set was mellowed down, and brought along a cellist, which gave a distinct impression of just how genuine his music is. He bridges the gap between electronic and physical music, being able to make use of produced elements as much as playing the keyboard (it’s not just pressing buttons, folks).
Life After Defo is out on London label Merok (available to purchase through the usual sources), and there may be a new album in the wings. For now, sink your teeth into the video for Feel Real.