One of the tricky things about creating music (and one of the many, many reasons I’m not in a band myself) is the need to differentiate your music from the thousands of other bands out there. But the need to sound different can easily lead you down the wrong path – where you’re creating something that sounds different, but it doesn’t actually sound good.
It’s a tricky tightrope to walk. Thankfully for music fans, there’s a lot of bands figuring exactly how to walk it. One of those bands in Austin duo Deep Time (known, before threat of lawsuit, as Yellow Fever). They’ve been gathering buzz for the last few years, but with the release of their debut self-titled album this week on Hardly Art, they seem poised to take it to the next level.
To find out why, take a listen to the track “Clouds,” courtesy of Hardly Art. Fair warning, though: when I first heard this track, I was humming the melody for the next few days. It definitely gets inside your head.
Deep Time – Clouds (mp3)
Listen for: Jennifer Moore’s intriguingly new-wave vocals
Their sound is too complex to be called minimalist, but restrained might be appropriate. Every note seems to be carefully chosen, and anything unnecessary has been cut. Their debut shows this same sense of restraint, with only 9 songs over 32 minutes.
Here’s “Homebody,” another track from the same album: