A dark photograph of Holden Jaffe, singer from Del Water Gap, in front of a whale in a museum.

Del Water Gap: Don’t Get Dark Album Review

By Neil Manning
Music Journalist

Album: Don’t Get Dark
Artist: Del Water Gap
Release Date: April 12, 2019

Del Water Gap released Don’t Get Dark, an EP that consists of six songs and is about 26 minutes in length. This is their first EP in two years. They released 1(646) 943 2672, an EP with a name that comes from a phone number fans were able to call and leave messages for Holden Jaffe, the lead singer, to listen to.

Don’t Get Dark starts off with “Don’t Say Nothing,” and although the title is a double negative, it is a melodic song. Starting off with just an acoustic fingerpicking guitar and vocals, it proceeds to grow upon itself. Once the chorus comes around, harmonies begin, and in the second verse percussion kicks in. Overall this song captures your ear and is a great way to open the album and gets you hooked right away.

“Theory Of Emotion” follows and begins with a wailing guitar and steady drums that perk your ears up. The intro is a bit of juxtaposition to the verse, as the verses consist of mostly vocals, with bare minimum drums and a few strums of the guitar. The vocals are definitely the strength of the verses, and pairs well with the instrumentation of the song. As the vocals add to the simplicity of the music. You are able to hear the emotion behind the music as the song progresses. The guitar solo towards the end of the song definitely makes up for the lack of instruments during the verses.

The last track on the EP, “Don’t Let Me” is the grand ending to this collection of songs. The song starts off and almost feels lackadaisical, but meticulous at the same time. Its vocals don’t really show a lot of emotion, but it still feels very present. The piano and strings that are on the song outshine the rest of the instruments and give the song a very full feeling. This song is a perfect way to end the EP, as it feels personal with its lyrical charm.

Overall this EP is a good quick listen that will leave you wanting more songs, but still satisfied with the music.

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