With the release of the Abnormal Oddities EP, Jeffrey Dallet combines a few classic genres to breed a sound all his own. Laced with addicting progressions, an edgy but soulful vocal approach, and plenty of country undertones, the record boasts the aesthetic of alternative folk anthems.
The first single, “Dead and Lonely”, pulls you in with its infectious guitar work, followed by its bopping rhythm and huge swinging chorus. Most important is the songs ability to build and breathe as it plays on.
“When someone leaves you, or decides you're not worth their time or interest, it’s not necessarily a warm and lively experience. In a past incarnation of our group, we had a girl who played and sang with us whom I was with. It was lovely being with her, we laughed and talked and enjoyed all the relational intimacies that people usually do, and we'd ride home in my car after shows or hanging out at night, and we'd talk of life and existence. She was a key member of the group, but eventually decided her interest in me and my music had waned to the point of her leaving everything behind her. She drifted back up to the great white north and left me in her wake.” explains the songwriter of his single.
Although the single does speak volumes for the EP, to get a real understanding for where Dallet is coming from, it should be heard in its entirety.
“I'd say the theme of the song bears the same theme of the entire album which is a feeling of isolation among people that you know pretty well. It’s being an outsider among the outsiders. A lot of people say 'oh I'm so weird." Yeah well, so what everybody is weird, but being an outcast or an outsider among the outsiders is quite and isolating desolate experience. I think our sound is always evolving. I like to write songs in different styles and with different arrangements, but I really like the classic rock sound of the organ, so that's something that I'd really like to have in a lot of my songs.” says Dallet ofcreating the record.
For Jeffrey Dallet, songwriting has been a major part of his life for a long time. Writing folk songs and performing solo worked out just fine for the artist for years. It was more recently Dallet began working on putting together a full band. Finding quickly that writing songs for a band was a different feel, he ended loving the challenge. After going through some lineup changes, he finally brought the right musicians for the job.