Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Listen to "Map of the Moon" - Daniel Woodhouse (Deptford Goth)




I like to think I have a pretty good idea of when a song or artist is worthy of more widespread attention; when they have "what it takes" to blow up. For the most part, the music journalism community is pretty on-point with collectively agreeing a piece of music is is going places. That's why people sometimes read what we have to say.

In the case of South Londoner Daniel Woolhouse (AKA Deptford Goth), I've been less than spot-on about his potential, or direction towards mainstream success, since I first heard his music in 2013. It kills me.

Don't get me wrong - he has a solid following. And his lack of mainstream exposure could be a result of some supposed anxiety around live shows, or shifting between monikers (he's released music as Deptford Goth and Group Music up until this forthcoming third album). He has different websites for Woolhouse and Deptford Goth music. And, it's possible he isn't hungry to be heard or understood the way artists traditionally are. It's just that, years later, he never fails to catch my ear; every new release is filled with intimate indie-soul that, in my opinion, carries almost the same gravity as Bon Iver or James Blake's most widely received work. I still want more people to hear him.

"Map of the Moon," the first single from Woolhouse's new release, is typically poignant - hitting hard via his lonely drawl and retro-sounding piano and synth melody. On the new track, Woolhouse tells Gold Flake Paint that, “it felt like the right song to introduce people to the new record as it has some familiarity in relation to my previous releases, but I think also displays some different ambitions. It feels to me like a complete song and sound, one that was written earlier on in the process of making this album, which gave me the confidence to keep writing.”

I really do hope he keeps writing. I'm still convinced I'll be right about him one of these days.








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