Following on from debut single ‘Stare at the Sun’, ‘Choke’ sees this Gold Coast four-piece Deja Vudu continuing to sketch their sonic identity. Melding alt rock leanings with breezy soundscapes their latest track cuts across as a haze of expansive riffs and smooth rocking melancholy. Dave’s vocals stab to the heart. Expressive and leaking with palpable ache, he writhes in angst and lament before leaping into ecstatic heights
As a group, the four lay it down straight and with a razor sharp flair for simplicity. But that's not to say they’re lacking in emotional heft. Cast against atmospheric instrumental backings frontman Dave’s sonorous vocals come heavy with conviction and wrenched from the heart.
The track’s lyrical thematic oscillates between the emotional turmoils of love, loss and devotion. Dave may wallow in wretched solipsism and resignation as he delivers brooding lines like “It’s times like these I feel like I can’t be much help to you” but overall there’s a sense of uplift which courses outward from the despair. Despite inhabiting darker emotional shades there’s something transcendent here too.
Perhaps it’s the track’s propulsive instrumentals. ‘Choke’ unravels around textured shimmers and a sense of momentum which orbits the vicinity of U2. But there’s also pounding post-grunge crash which could place the four beside acts like the Foo Fighters. The group’s coastal surrounds may also be playing into this sound as well. Even at there’s most urgent there’s a laid back warmth and almost idyllic vibration which permeates the mix.
Lead guitarist Dylon provides accomplished fretwork. Bordering on psychedelic these licks twist seamlessly between sound sculpting and brunt riffing. As on ‘Stare At The Sun’ they come littered with understated yet interesting musical ideas.
Again Deja Vudu have dished up an ambitious piece of material. Loaded with personal yet universally evocative sentiment, ‘Choke’ represents another polished effort. Pushing outward from table-grade cliché the quartet showcases a formidable pairing for earnest songwriting and sonic bombast.