When I first started listening to Gus Dapperton
last summer, I was blown away by the production quality of everything he made, especially his music videos, which are all directed by Matthew Dillon Cohen. I was thoroughly impressed, if a little disappointed, just because he didn't really have any content beyond a few songs on Soundcloud and a couple music videos. I was set to attend one of his shows at an intimate house party and had high expectations, and of course, he didn't disappoint. In performance, Gus is true to his online persona, which is to say he's great live. One of the most exciting things about seeing him live is watching the audience react; every show of his that I've gone to has been more taut with anticipation than the last. It's like everyone in the audience is thinking the same thing - pretty soon, he's gonna be big.
Gus just released his first EP, Yellow and Such
. The EP consists of four songs, one of which, "I'm Just Snacking," was released as a single back in May with an accompanying video.
It's hard to choose a favorite song out of the four; each, in their own way, has that signature Gus sound, a smooth, chill synth-pop vibe. "I'm Just Snacking" is super catchy, and is probably the best example of how well Gus blends different layers into one smooth and lush soundscape. The bass, synths, and guitar all fit together to create one dreamy sound. In "Miss Glum & the Pursuit of Falling," I think what I like most is the development that happens throughout the song. The beginning of the song is kind of understated, but as different elements slowly enter the mix it grows, and by end when he's addressing "Miss Glum," the song feels complete.
"Gum, Toe and Sole" has a lot of fun elements, and might end up being my favorite after a few more listens. The a capella beginning, the cowbell, and the catchy bass line all set the song up for some really good vibes. The song would still be good if it just stuck with those elements, but then the guitar that comes in mid-song takes it to another level - suddenly, the song is lush and spacey. Lastly, "The Fool" is a slower jam than the rest of the songs on the EP. The bass and the overall harmonies are the things that stand out to me most in this song. The interactions between the melody and the bass line when Gus sings "has driven me far away from love / And I can't deal with the pain of trust," are particularly satisfying.
Overall, Yellow and Such
is a strong first EP, and I'm already looking forward to the next project, whatever and whenever that may be. Listen to it for yourself down below: