WORDS AND INTERVIEW BY: ALLEEN HUGHES
EP: 'I Just Needed A Little Time'
Release Date: January 12, 2018
As many do at the beginning the year, they re-introduce themselves and are filled with enthusiasm to bring a change to their life. Tyler Isch has kept the Dependence name going as a solo project now with special contributions on recordings here and there and is ready to show everyone a more deeper look into the matured version and style switch up of Dependence. With help from Luke Nagel (Woven In Hiatus), Dependence will be releasing a new 5 song EP titled “I Just Needed A Little Time” on Friday January 12th and according to Tyler, these 5 songs are “the most honest representations of what I wanted to do with Dependence.”
Within the first few seconds of the intro track, “She Leaves,” listeners can still hear the original Dependence hidden in there. This is the only song however that you can have the true familiarity with the “former” Dependence instrumentally. But this familiarity only stays around for about half of the song and the transition over to the bassier and more sensual sound from Luke Nagel is intertwined in giving you a good palate cleanser from the past Dependence to this new evolution of the name. The first few chords of “Half Awake, Half In A Dream” with the added effects of what I believe is a piece of paper being torn from a book provides a realistic feeling to what you’re hearing as if you’re sitting there with them as they wrote it.
An emotional bold message is the intention of including “So Small Do Our Words Fall” in this EP and this track holds a strong attachment to Isch lyrically and he says he’s held onto this song for two years now. It is however a little harder to follow along because Tyler at some points mumbles so a little more clearer enunciation would have helped that lyrical message more easier to dictate. A more psychedelic and mellow vibe changes things up in “Twin Sized Sheets.” The whole track is bass heavy and noticeable and this song is where you hear Tyler unveil some “spoken word” lyrics that he kept mild on prior Dependence releases.
The close out song is my favorite and coincidentally is also Tyler’s. The descriptive poetic lyrics will enthrall you especially during the multiple layers of harmonies. The smooth and rich guitar additions from Luke Nagel helps produce the true beauty in the song. “12:07-12:23” leaves listeners with a feeling of excitement and a positive outlook at the direction Dependence has steered.
I’ve always been drawn to Tyler’s music because of the pureness and depth he puts into his lyrics and delivery. He may be shy and timid when not performing but when he’s able to speak through his music is when you can see that wall come down. Teaming up with Luke Nagel on these five songs is something we hope to continue seeing in the future. The title is suiting for everything you hear as far as progression and lyrical meaning, Tyler “just needed a little time.”
- She Leaves
- Half Awake, Half In A Dream
- So Small Do Our Words Fall
- Twin Sized Sheets
- 12:07 - 12:23
We asked Tyler a few questions to get more insight into the growth of his music as well as what this EP means to him. Check it out below:
Alleen: Who are the current musicians featured with you on this EP and what are their contributions to the Dependence name?
Tyler: "The musicians featured on I Just Needed a Little Time are actually only just myself and Luke Nagel. We did however take advice from Nick Casis on mixes and arrangements when we felt the songs needed them. I feel like with how this EP was written, it is one of the most honest representations of what I wanted to do with Dependence. The songs really fit the ideas I had for them with lyrics. If they weren't what I expected, with Luke, I was able to make things I never thought the band would do before. I'm really happy with how the songs turned out."
A: What inspired or drove you to steer your sound in this direction?
T: "I felt like it was about time to start maturing the sound. However, it's only an EP, and so we just were like, "let's do something new. It can be whatever we want it to be. It's only a few songs." I have wanted to do less and less screaming for awhile now. Prior Dependence never went full-on with Spoken Word parts, mostly trying to not sound too much like other bands. Since the instrumentals on "I Just Needed a Little Time" were so different comparatively, I thought it would be cool to finally step out and do some Spoken Word here and there. I think that for the most part, that if it didn't come out like something new sounding, it was definitely new for Dependence. I'm really excited to see how people react to the songs. I didn't change how I wrote lyrics, just heavily on how I put them out there."
A: How would you describe the change in the Dependence music from Remembering Everything to this EP?
T: "I think that the sounds between the two are almost nothing alike. Despite the opening song, "She Leaves," I think there's very little in common between the two releases. Old Dependence was a bit more techy wig guitar parts, but at the same time, I think we lost some things along the way with writing. I think the new songs, even though less technical, are much more mature. They are at least much more accessible for people. There's kind of a give and take, I think that on our next release, we will kind of push for a blending between the two sounds. Not sure about it yet though! Much just push on to new stuff."
A: Can you describe what the EP name means to you?
T: "This EP is really an example of me pushing forward musically alone for the most part. Spare all the help Luke offers me, I'm still basically alone in this. As for the songs, a lot of these songs are songs that I feel like I've always wanted to write, sound wise. Some of the lyrics are over two years old too, and so with that as well, they mean a lot to me."
A: Which is your favorite track of the 5 and why?
T: "My favorite song is probably the closing track, 12:07-12:23. I love the direction of the sound in that song. Really makes me excited for the new chapter of the band. The most important to me lyrically would be So Small Do Our Words fall. I've held that song for over two years now."
A: What goals do you have for Dependence for 2018?
T: "Hopefully start playing some shows. I'm going to play a stripped down acoustic show for my friends birthday in about a week. Kind of going for a NPR tiny desk kind of thing, hopefully it ends up sounding good. Just have to find new live members on this side of the country and start picking up the pieces. I plan on personally doing something international next year, but we'll see! Thinking about writing another EP, or maybe going straight for the full length."