Advance Review - Dylan Pacheco: Youthful Exuberance EP (October 30, 2020)
Bedroom Pop is the genre where one can write a song, record it in their bedroom, and release it through an online label all within a week. This has brought together the lo-fi artists of the early 2000’s with DIY artists of today. Bedroom Pop and the ease that music can be released has become especially prevalent in the year 2020, as most venues have had their doors closed for the majority. Music is a meditation on life and the human condition and can make difficult times a little easier. To the people that release music through these channels, I say thank you and never stop honing your craft and enjoying it as a hobby. If you have any friends that make music like this, go tell them you appreciate them and their sounds!
Dylan Pacheco’s new album EP, Youthful Exuberance embraces the Bedroom Pop movement, even self proclaiming to be of the “Weirdo Bedroom Pop” subgenre. This five track EP is just under fourteen minutes long but can enamour a listener with its fun little ditties. The EP begins with “Negative Space (Manic Panic)”, a single that was released on September 18th and is currently Pacheco’s most popular track. While a little nuanced with some echoey shouting in the background towards the end of track, it seems derived from an afternoon playing around with EQing.
The EP continues with “Boy Meets Void”. Pacheco shows his talent for composing and bringing a song together and concluding them with ease. He follows the same pattern with “Weak Ankle”. “Parvo” is the diamond in the rough among the tracks. An unknown female artist is featured singing background vocals and it brings just the right amount of pleasantry to this sad number about losing the family dog.
While this EP isn’t something that I would listen to all the time, I find it endearing that Pacheco obviously had a lot of fun creating these tracks. It would be an enjoyable experience to see him play this, front to back either in a cozy little bar venue or a small get together surrounded by creative minds.
Rating - 3.5/5