The photo is of Darvid Thor standing in front of a cement wall. Thor is wearing a red half zip jacket, black pants and white sneakers.

Darvid Thor: I’m Never Really Here Album Review

By Mili Murillo
Music Journalist

Artist: Darvid Thor
Album: I’m Never Really Here
Release Date: March 1, 2019
Label: darvid thor

After Darvid Thor spent most of his musical career as an essential band member of Cactus Chanel and Frida, Thor decided to venture out on his own on an exhilarating yet scary experience of creating his very own music. Thor is from Melbourne, Australia, and he both played and wrote for other bands for over a decade before indulging on his own music.

Thor released his debut mini-album, I’m Never Really Here, on March 1, 2019. This woozy, daydreaming guitar-pop album encaptures a heavy yet light array of sound. A big theme throughout the album is growing up and breaking up. You won’t be sorry after hearing the kind-hearted yet truthful lyrics presented in the songs.

Something that first got my attention when listening to I’m Never Really Here was how collected and mature each song sounded. I would have thought that this was Thor’s third or fourth album before further research. Thor actually recorded this album in his bedroom, giving it that daydreamy feel. This is a consistent theme carried out in the whole album.

I’m Never Really Here starts out with the track “Anything,” setting the tone for the whole album. The song holds a consistent beat for the entirety of the song giving it a mellow feel. The dreamy beat that lingers in the song keeps it centered. This song is all about letting go and finally seeing clearly all the trouble and sadness this person has brought Thor. A line from the song that resonates is, “I’ve got to be real to me or I’ll find myself alone again.”

Let’s skip down to the song “Rest Of Your Life,” which is one of my absolute favorites from the album and continues the bedroom dream-pop sound that the rest of the album shares. This song has some beautiful guitar lines that make it over the top. Thor actually got some drum/percussion help from Cactus Channel bandmate Hudson Whitlock. Thor’s soft and inviting voice pieces the song perfectly together.

“Can I Be?” is another one of my favorite songs from the album it starts off with suspenseful, followed by blissful sounds of “ahh ahh ahh ahh” made by Thor and his guitar. This song shares another great lyrical message of simply moving on and letting go because there is nothing there.

Lastly, the song that has the same name as the album, “I’m Never Really Here,” is a lyric-less piece. The song is represented by a mixture of dreamlike sounds, making it a hazy yet delicate. After hearing this whimsical song you understand why the album is named I’m Never Really Here, because you get lost in the cloudiness of it all.

Darvid Thor beat all expectations for this album, I will more than likely have it playing on repeat for the next week. As more people find out about Thor I’m sure they will fall in love and appreciate I’m Never Really Here as much as I did. This album really emphasized solitude and growth right alongside euphonious sounds.

Listen to the full album here.

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