Accidental Gold is the debut, 7 track EP from Dearness; at this stage not much is known about them, other than that it is a side project of the busy Ryan Drever also of PAWS and Garden of Elks, but that should give the listener some clue as to their style.
The EP plunges right in with a crunching, recorded-inside-a-garage feel that echoes throughout; Drever’s vocals are far away, distant and delivered with a slacker-rock laziness.
Opener ‘Thaw’ revolves around carefree, dismissive sentiments, “I don’t care where you are, don’t care what you’re doing, get up, get up, get over yourself”.
‘Thaw’ passes the ball on to ‘Grey/Golden’, which maintains the momentum, with some more grimy, lo-fi chords, a squealing guitar solo and dreary lyrics, with the whole song feeling a little more like an extension of ‘Thaw’ rather than its own song.
‘Roads + Rails’ knocks the pace down a bit and it works well, adding some slow-burning energy to the EP, while keeping up the fuzzy, DIY feel; the only downside is the slightly too nasally vocals.
‘Stationary Waves’ is a conflicting song; it starts beautifully, building upon a gentle riff, with some atmospheric sounds backing it up, but then it blends into spoken word and with a few exceptions, these usually only serve to break up the flow of a record.
The musical backing never goes anywhere, and instead it just becomes an obstacle on the EP that needs to be skipped every time after the first listen.
It is immediately followed by possibly the best song of the lot, in the form of ‘It’s OK, You’re Fine’, which turns down the fuzz a little and opens itself up to the pop side that mostly sits just below the surface throughout the EP.
It builds up perfectly in the second half, with a climactic instrumental/guitar solo outro, and the way it finishes really leaves you wanting more.
The final song ‘Nobody Knows (What The Fuck They’re Talking About)’ is a stromash of fuzz, sound bites from TV or radio, and some more fuzz.
There is a real energy to it that portrays the frustration the title of the track alludes to.
Accidental Gold is a nice EP to accidently stumble upon, however, with the exception of ‘It’s OK, You’re Fine’, there isn’t too much that will draw you back again and again, but when the urge to rip your ears free of the polished, crisp pop tracks that permeate the radio stations these days gets too much, then Accidental Gold will certainly provide you with a suitable antithesis.
Words: Thomas Brent