Dowsing - All I Could Find Was You EP (Released May 3rd 2011)
Dowsing’s debut has been kicking about for a good half a year now, however amid a recent surge in popularity owing to their fantastic new music video (for Amateur Cartography), I thought it only just to spread the love too. A brief glance at their credentials will lead one to conclude the Chicago based ensemble are akin to their Count Your Lucky Stars label-mates; which indeed they are. However, the difference I’ve found listening to this record is there’s an almost gang-like amiability to their jams. I feel like I’m friends with these guys and gal! They make me smile. Simple songs with a DIY aesthetic is everything this genre exemplifies, and Dowsing have got it down to a t. True to their roots with references to Mineral and a heartbreak screecher - ‘Joking/Laughing’, their homework has been handed in with time to spare. Opting to throw a rather inconspicuous, yet seemingly appropriate, synth into the mix instead of a second guitar leaves the listener to focus on the lyrical content. Lines such as “the thermostat is on so turn the dial off / wearing layers inside waiting for summer months” and “talking numbers and telling drunken jokes / and in the morning forget that we spoke” resonate with most of us in our twenties. Whoever said three chord belters are fad of the past will certainly be quelled by ‘…And That’s Why You Always Leave A Note!’. It’s the simplicity of this record that sells it. With a full length on the cards with CYLS, Dowsing are a really wonderful band to watch in 2012.
RIYL - Coping, Hightide Hotel, Wavelets
Bandcamp - http://dowsing.bandcamp.com/