Deptford Goth


37 Adventures/PIAS

Nov 06, 2014 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share

Daniel Woolhouse, aka Deptford Goth, gained something of a cult following for his 2011 debut Life After Defo. Its slow, contemplative production added emphasis to lyrics of heartache and family issues, all the while sounding somehow thoroughly expansive despite the intimate nature of Woolhouse's vocals.

Deptford Goth's eagerly awaited return, Songs, is largely more of the same. Woolhouse's dulcet tones are both crisp and comforting at the same time, backed by a production that is, if anything, colder than that of its predecessor. What else is noticeably different about Songs is its lack of one or two truly outstanding tracks. While Life After Defo had "Union," the chillingly beautiful ode to family and friends, there is no such equivalent on Woolhouse's sophomore effort. The likes of "Do Exist" and "The Loop" come close, but the lack of those few really memorable synth-pop gems stops this very good album from being an excellent one. (

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