Deap Vally – Sistrionix Review

Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards from California make up Deap Vally. No. Before you ask, they are not the happy cheerie and sunshine filled type of band you might label them as. Bleached did not fit that image but Deap Vally rip it up, chew it down and spit it back out. Women still do have issues in the music industry and they are very vocal about that or just in general with their snarling, gritty and powerful style with which they make a hell of a lot of noise for a two piece set-up in a similar way to Blood Red Shoes for example. Some don’t agree with their approach or make comment on the way they dress rather than the music they produce which frustrates me a little but I guess some of the songs on Sistrionix are aimed squarely at them.

‘Lies’ is evocative of that gritty and powerful alternative modern punk style with the low, disstorted guitars that linger and hang around on the verses to allow Lindsey’s powerful and slightly soulful vocal to take centre stage; not that it would get dorwned out by the instrumentals at all as she has a pretty strong vocal range. The interesting aspect with ‘Lies’ is that the disstorted and low riffs of the guitar drive the song rather than a more standard and clean sounding riff that would usually drive a song if the vocals did not. While the lyrics and vocal delivery are much better than average, the monolouge towards the end of the song doesn’t maintain the momentum of the song and is a little out of place. ‘Baby I Call Hell’ goes to an even deeper and more sustained riff that rattles you to the core. The sustained and standard sound that it creates allows for the vocals to stride up and down the instumentals freely, allowing Lindsey Troy to demonstrate her vocal ability. The percussion also allow for that to happen but while the sound it makes is very dense and dark; there could be some room for a different type of harmony or a little higher pitched riff here or there as the song is at a bare minimum at times but they do produce a great and full sound with what they have.

‘End of the World’ creates a dark and heavy sort of melody on the chorus which goes back to a very basic strike of the disstorted guitar at regular intervals which again really showcases the vocals but almost creates too much space or a negative space. For example Tame Impala create space by utilising several elements in a wave of sound. Deap Vally have just left elements out. Being a duo doesn’t limit them in that sense either and theere are amny ways around it both live and in the studio. ‘Raw Material’ is not too disimilar to ‘End Of the World’ but the basic depth of the sound on most of the songs is supplemented well at times in ‘Six Feet Under’ with some basic harmonies and Lindsey’s voice does not need to be put on a step by the instumentals like some vocals need to. She is more than capable of rising above most sounds and so maybe a few more elements could be thrown in as it would serve the dual purpose of giving them a little musical scope. That’s the only problem. What they do and the sound they make is edgy, powerful and attention grabbing. However it locks you out from the real depths of the song as there is nothing more to it. While effortless in their style they don’t really explore the different possibilities within that but this is their first album and for that it’s a good start. Expect more from them in the future though if they expand a little.

Deap Vally – Sistrionix = 7/10

Images from lamusicblog.com / www.josepvinaixa.com

 

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