WORDS BY: ALLEEN HUGHES
Release Date: January 18, 2018
The Southern California local music scene has recently gotten a new edition assigned the name, Desertion. Unveiling their debut EP, ‘Insomnia,’ in a few days, Desertion will heighten your senses and capture your attention if your a fan of Counterparts, Stick To Your Guns and Beartooth. Although their name may not be one to ring a bell just yet but after you give this EP a spin, you will never forget it.
The intro track, “Burial,” has some very “in your face” instrumentals right from the start. Listeners can immediately learn just what they are getting themselves into. Each piece is elaborate, erratic and thrashy and I ate it up! The sudden breakdown at the last 30 seconds takes you by surprise and was mastered exquisitely. My favorite song of the four is “Wither.” The beat and vocals blend together superbly time wise. Vocalist Daniel Ortiz’s vocal ranges stay steady even when throwing in a melody here or there but also being able to hit those deep lows that listeners can feel in their chest. Given the ferocity and fury delivered in this track you would never guess this whole EP was recorded in a friend’s bedroom; that’s not what you picture when listening along. You get raw angst for a majority of the song but then those beautiful harmonizing guitar tones grab you at the bridge and Ortiz takes you into his world with his poetic vocals through a spoken word release.
After a calmer ending in “Wither,” listeners can catch a little whiplash with “Medusa.” The 3rd track is two minutes of chaos and is the heaviest of the four. You can clearly get the intended message with the tempo but I think this is where Ortiz’s vocals failed a little bit. I can see the potential there but the mark is missed with the higher pitched screams and they come off too forced and sound screechy. The conclusion comes from the band’s first single released, “Ceiling.” The final opportunity to leave a lasting impression is accomplished with relatable lyrics. We can all feel the line “I still smell her scent in my bed” and can put ourselves in that place at one point in our lives. The sense of smell will always trigger memories you didn’t know still existed.
This is one of those EP’s that you feel isn’t long enough. It’s a safe zone to take your feelings if you’re looking for a release. “Insomnia” is compatible for the sad, hurt and emotionally fed up. If you’re looking for an outlet for your inner pain, then turn on these four tracks and have at it because Desertion is there with you and are a great reminder that we’ve all been there.