Deptford Goth – 'Life After Defo'
Not only is Deptford Goth actually from Peckham, he’s also not nearly as gloomy as you’d expect. Though he comes close to the melancholy of fellow south east London producer and vocalist James Blake, making ‘Life After Defo’ essential for anyone awaiting Blake’s new record, Daniel Woolhouse ( the man behind the Goth) has actually made something more optimistic. His debut album, recorded at night, soundtracks the darkness before dawn. Woolhouse sings like a man who’s down but not out over instrumentals that are brooding but not bleak, and full of lush, warm washes of synthesiser. At its centre is the gorgeous ‘Particles’, with the murmured refrain: ‘It sticks me in the soil.’ It’s an image of natural decay and rebirth that’s central to ‘Life After Defo’, an album that sounds like new things growing slowly underground.