Dowsing
All I Could Find Was You


3.0
good

Review

by Richard Craig USER (120 Reviews)
May 15th, 2011 | 13 replies | 7,360 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist


1 of 1 thought this review was well written

It’s hard to know what to make of Dowsing’s debut EP, ‘All I Could Find Was You’. Despite the band’s youth they clearly know what they are aiming for, and that is heart-warming indie-emo with a decidedly melodic edge. This is essentially what you get here, and this is by no means a bad thing. However, the band toe a very thin line between a scant, yet uplifting sound, and a timid, overly-soft one. This battle is immediately obvious, and ultimately it’s inescapability defines the record, as well as the listener’s propensity to like it or not.

The EP’s closer ‘Joking/Laughing’ is microcosmic of this battle. Building from an embarrassingly timid opening to a gloriously overblown finale, it is uncomfortable one minute, and delightful the next. Despite sporadic cringe-worthy moments, Dowsing tend to exhibit enough charm to save themselves and this lies mostly in their solid song writing abilities, and their generally likeable demeanour. ‘Amateur Cartography’ is a mid-tempo ode to the joys of touring, and despite its structural linearity it remains engaging throughout. Meanwhile, ‘…And That’s Why You Leave A Note!’’s youthful sense of yearning ultimately rescues vocals that sound like someone trying to sound excited on Valium.

Elsewhere, their tired charm sounds far more comfortable, and when this is the case the results are far more pleasing. The reduced pace and stoned presence of the keyboard in ‘Maxwell’ perfectly compliment the vocals’ characteristic weariness and this means that they don’t feel uncomfortably timid. Furthermore it’s distant gang vocals proclaiming “no more living in the past/we’ll be high but we’ll try our best”, perfectly fit the song’s drug-like haze. At the other end of the spectrum, ‘Driving’ is characterised by exciting contrasts between hoarse cries and sleepy vocals, and between focussed chord progressions and ‘twinkling’ guitar melodies.

When Dowsing go all out, one way or another, they really shine; when they find themselves attempting to compromise the results can be fairly uncomfortable. Slower moments such as ‘Maxwell’ and more ragged tracks such as ‘Driving’ are exceptions, but generally Dowsing occupy a mid-tempo, lukewarm middle-ground. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but at times Dowsing are too compromising for their own good. Fortunately however, they are also too charming and endearing to dismiss just yet, and ultimately ‘All I Could Find Was You’ shows a great deal of potential and immediate value.



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DoubtGin
May 15th 2011



6686 Comments


also, you can stream/download it for free on bandcamp:

http://dowsing.bandcamp.com/

craigy2
May 15th 2011



550 Comments


shit, i forgot to post that. thanks

SeaAnemone
August 4th 2011



18822 Comments


i shouldn't like this so much but i really do. first two tracks make me want to 4 this

SeaAnemone
August 4th 2011



18822 Comments


also arrested development references always get a big fuck yes

iFghtffyrdmns
August 14th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i almost wanna 4 this too, it's fantastic.
it does have its slightly less lovable slow moments, you're right about that, but some of it is just so charming and delightful and awesome.

nice review and all craigy

iFghtffyrdmns
August 14th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oh and just one more thing:

NOOOO MOOOORE LIVIIING IN OUR PAST
IT WILLLL BE HARD BUT WE'LL TRY OUUUR BEST



was important, had to include it.

iFghtffyrdmns
October 26th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah it is.
definitely has its slow moments but still rill good

fulgrim
January 15th 2012



1542 Comments


fairly decent stuff.

iFghtffyrdmns
January 29th 2012



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

'Driving' = SOTY 2011

fuck yar

pmmets07
January 29th 2012



5784 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's up there.

iFghtffyrdmns
April 30th 2012



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

they just premiered a new song to alt press

not a huge fan

hope they go harder rather than not on the new LP cause craigy's right that they shine when they go all out like that

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2012



48559 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good stuff

Digging: The Hotelier - Home, Like NoPlace Is There

pmmets07
December 6th 2012



5784 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

too bad the full length is boring



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