23 7 / 2014
Who It Is: dæphne - Family Vacation; Self-Released (2014)
What It Sounds Like: Whirr, Nothing, Carissa’s Wierd
But what is emo, anyway? A philosophy? A genre? An exclusive Internet clique? Sometimes, it’s all three and more, but for the sake of talking about Boston, Massachusetts quintet dæphne, this reviewer is going to postulate that emo is a combination of song structure and tone. Emo songs have peaks and valleys; they are a mix of cathartic high points and the building-to and retreating-from these climaxes. And, in general, emo is, for financial or aesthetic reasons, mixed like punk. Guitars are loud and distorted. Voices crack. Drummers struggle to be heard.