Friday 10 April 2020

Dali - Vol 1 EP

Labels: Self-Released
Formats: Digital
Release Date: 24 Apr 2020


1. Borrowed Time
2. You're Not The One
3. Close
4. Wasteland

The UK's Alt-Rock scene isn't one I venture into much. I think the last band that I really enjoyed was Mallory Knox. Their early EP Pilot was gritty and catchy. They went on to be fairly big before they called it a day. That means there's a gap to fill and new UK quartet Dali have been named as a band that could be as big as them in future. They're due to release their debut EP Vol 1 later this month, so let's see what all the fuss is about.

I’m trying to vary the weekend’s reviews a bit, so as not to overload you with too much heaviness. Dali falls into my lap at the perfect time. Their debut EP brings a sound that’s unmistakably British and opener Borrowed Time is melodic but contains enough dissonance and a rawness that’s enjoyable straight from the off. 

Being a new band, they’re very much finding their chops but they’re definitely well on their way. ‘You’re Not The One’ is another song that hits and leaves without outstaying it’s welcome. There are elements of Royal Blood in the heavier riffs, while both ambience and experimentation make their way in via choral singing and stop/start tempos.

Writing punchy and memorable songs can be difficult for bands trying to break the mainstream, especially when there’s so much competition in the underground. Dali has something unique in ‘Close’, which is minimalist in approach but hits in all the right places.

Instrumentally, EP closer ‘Wasteland’ is beautiful even if the lyrics are bleak. It’s a very sobering song to end on yet it’ll be one of those that people sing at the top of their voices and shows and festivals in the future, in my opinion anyway. 

This EP is calming, well-written and while Dali are heading in a more mainstream direction with their sound, they’re worth your time if you appreciate the above. A promising debut for sure.

You can view the video for 'Borrowed Time' below:-

Vol 1 will be available on all major digital platforms from April 24th.

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