British alt rock newcomers Dali debut with an EP that’s bold and shows a bright future for the group. ‘Vol. 1’ presents four tracks each with their own identity, ranging from edgy to honest and powerful.
Opener ‘Borrowed Time’ comes in with a slow and harmonious start, laying soft vocals over distant backing vocals before suddenly dropping into a heavy guitar riff and explicit lines that grab you and pull you in instantly. A catchy chorus with a darkness behind it and powerful breakdowns that get fists pumping makes this track the perfect blend of rage and energy.
Aggression bleeds from the instruments and vocals throughout this EP. ‘You’re Not The One’ brings in elements of post-rock, such as sharper and distorted shouted vocals, and even some grungy metallic sounds built into the mix to give it a real edgy feel. Whilst this track features heavier elements, it never strays too far from the alt rock sound and stays in line with the rest of the EP.
The biggest diversion comes at the end with ‘Wasteland’, a song that feels beautifully sad and uplifting at the same time. Dropping the aggression of the rest of the EP, this song feels honest and shows another side of Dali that begs to be explored further.
‘Vol. 1’ is a brief but strong first outing for Dali. The vocals are emotional, the music is powerful, and the sound is diverse. By time the second volume comes out, Dali will no doube have a few hit songs in their collection and in turn will have laid the groundwork for an impressive future.
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