Aussie Singer-Songwriter Jackson Dyer's Third EP Is An Emotional Indie Whirlwind
Last year, Australian singer-songwriter Jackson Dyer released his third EP, Compartments, and we can assure you that it is just as lush and lovely now as it was a year ago. Decked out in stripped synth and brooding melodies, the record is an emotional whirlwind.
Compartments begins with "The Absolute," a word-heavy opener that acts as a sneak peek of what to expect from the rest of the EP: fuzzy distortion, soulful vocals, and poetic songwriting. Next comes "Pariahs," a mellow and melancholy spotlight on the solitary lives of people united by their humanity. Sharp guitar rings out in sad warbles beneath Dyer's resigned vocals. The middle of Compartments is marked by "Interlude," a remarkably beautiful instrumental led by warring guitar chords and cool, crunching swirls of sonic details blooming in the background. Next is "Projection, Abstraction," a dreamy shoegaze track blending full basement-grunge instrumentation with sultry psychedelic influences. On "Darkness," Dyer experiments with an unexpected arrangement of perfectly-timed percussive slaps and drowsy, desperate soul guitar while he hauntingly repeats "Ooooh, there's a darkness deep inside." Compartments ends with "Steal Away," tricking you first with a creeping string line before launching into a vibrant vacation-ready anthem chockful of bluesy surf-rock rhythms and tropical echoes.
Truthfully, Dyer could make anything sound like paradise. On Compartments, the singer-songwriter expertly packages exquisite sonic experiences. Each song begs for extra listens just to capture each detail and emotion, courtesy of fiery swells of indie instrumentation and enchanting vocals. Jackson Dyer himself is a gift but he has given one back to us with his music.