Review Summary: In search of the southern good ol' boys.1 of 2 thought this review was well written
Below the Mason-Dixon line, in the Roanoke Region of Virginia, inhabits a poetically gifted music prodigy, blazing a trail of righteous folklore. The vehicle used to anoint the messages of a prophet's journey was chosen to be embodied as Gaffer Project. Its name derives from an old English term for a lamp lighter, which aptly describes the guidance Diligence
aims to offer, in leading the way out of the darkness. Among the repertoire, dispatched within the brainchild of Jordan Doyle, is that of an everyday man’s temptation, revelation, and celebration faced in life’s winding road.
The inspiration, to share the power of love through the endeavor, sparked from the introduction of mewithoutYou, at a vulnerable time in high school. The passionate imagery painted by Aaron Weise served as a muse, to spread the same humble enlightenment with society. It was from that moment on the divine plan was revealed, to be an unwavering aspiration that would set in motion with growth. The first in line of insightful passages, meant to evoke an understanding of the human spirit, is channeled through intricate bundles, wrapped up in their cathartic revelry.
Stripped down instrumental beats, programmed to provide a spacey ambience, alleviate the pain stricken battle cries of a man pouring out his soulful testament. The hands of the solitary creator, running Ableton Live 8 software, arranges the melodies with MacBook Pro through a Presonus Firestudio interface. It brings alternating scenes of the complete feel of a full band experience, delivered in the computed execution. Dreamy keyboards align with buoyant loops, coiling there way around distorted guitar riffs, overlaying a flickering bass and drum machine.
The underlining theme of this lyrically powerful venture is heavily focused on the deliberations contained in the thoughts of love and death. Standout tracks, such as “The Garden,” sing about the scripture of Peter denouncing Jesus three times, in question of his place as an apostle. It teeters between the perspectives of both parties, admirably in divided verse sections, flowing into a beautifully haunting chorus about crucifixion. The music that accompanies the spoken word shouting is shell shocking, and despite the religious rhetoric, remains universally expressed.
It’s a special ability to be so gripping as a performance artist that it achieves a connection with anyone, regardless of individual belief systems. Gaffer Project handles the middle ground masterfully, speaking towards a laundry list of subject matter, in a way that is undeniably forthcoming to all involved on this earth. In Diligence’s
confessions about life, the participant is taken down a path of what it’s like to pass from the cradle to the grave. And the most important piece of advice to remember is to make every single day count, and find someone or something, to fulfill the voyage.