The perennial side man, Depper began his music career with a white lie. On a whim he decided to buy a Farfisa organ off of Craigslist, an organ that just happened to belong to the founder of HushRecords and member of BlanketMusic, ChadCrouch. Crouch asked if Depper wanted to play bass, and despite not playing bass or owning one, he said yes. From there he went on to become the connection point between a staggering number of Northwest bands, playing with Menomena, FruitBats, Mirah, CorinTucker, and LauraGibson. Tapped to join Ray LaMontagne’s touring band in 2014 and then snatched up to become a full-time member of DeathCabforCutie, Depper solidified his role as the go-to guy, the man next to everyone on late night.
One night he and his friends decided to play a game where they each had to write 20 songs in 12 hours, and come back together at the end of it to listen to everyone’s efforts together. From that session came a slew of songs. When Depper presented them, though, almost everyone picked up on the synth-pop beat of “Never Worked So Hard,” a nascent but catchy tune half-finished and unlike any of the music Depper had played before. EmotionalFreedomTechnique began there.
Straddling the line between pop and despair, EmotionalFreedomTechnique is a letter to the broken heart that won’t mend but still beats. It is a portrait of what happens when someone is flung across the world on tour – grateful to be there, grateful for the success and the adventures, but ultimately lonely. The most straightforward pop song, “Your Voice on the Radio”, features friend and former bandmate LauraGibson adding vocals about unrealized and unsatisfied love over bubbling bass and sparkling, multiplying shakers and synths that build to a deceptively joyous chorus. Songs like “Do You Want Love”, which premiered this morning on Stereogum, and “Communication” lean forward on cutting deep, propulsive grooves. Grappling with loneliness, the longing for human connection and the fear thereof, Depper strings ornate synth melodies together into simple hooks that speak to the most relatable reasons we listen to pop music – to remember we aren’t alone, and to still have a good time with it.
Emotional Freedom Technique is out June9th on TenderLovingEmpire. Dave will play two special album release shows: Wed. June 22 at BarbozainSeattle and Thu. June 22nd at Mississippi Studios in Portland.
01. Do You Want Love?
03. Lonely With You
04. Your Voice On The Radio (feat. Laura Gibson)
05. Never Worked So Hard
06. Anytime, Anywhere
08. Summer Days
09. Hindsight / Emotional Freedom Technique
Dave Depper Tour Dates:
Wed. June 21 — Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Thu. June 22 — Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios