Having spent years performing with prestigious artists such as Beck and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jessica Dobson launched her own band, Deep Sea Diver, at the start of 2012. Having found her true passion, she left a dream job as The Shins’ lead guitarist to focus on her new endeavour.
Fronted by Jessica on guitar and vocals, Deep Sea Diver also features Peter Mansen (Jessica’s husband) on drums, Garrett Gue on bass and Elliot Jackson on piano, synth, guitar and backing vocals. A step back from Jessica’s years on the road, which took her to the main stage of Coachella, Deep Sea Diver released History Speaks in 2012. The LP saw some success earning them some devoted fans and popularity in their hometown of Seattle.
In September Deep Sea Diver released new music on their first EP Always Waiting. It is impossible to discuss the EP in a general sense, because each of the four tracks is so different. It is more experimental than the band’s first release and shows their versatility.
As the first track ‘Always Waiting’ begins you can hear fingers moving on the acoustic guitar as they change between chords. It comes across as bare, but when the vocals and other instruments join in a more polished sound is revealed. Jessica alternates between smooth vocals to breathy, whiny ones which create suspense within each sentence. Eventually the song’s layers build to a catchy, confident, sleek indie rock anthem. The funky bassline and vocals combine for a dreamy sound.
‘Juno Song’ is still dreamy, but mixes acoustic guitar with synth to create a completely different, soft and delicate sound. While ‘One by One’ featured delicate and emotional vocals reminiscent of New York’s Vampire Weekend: “I’m in love with every emotion/ What stops my heart from exploding?”
The final song ‘All Chalked Up’ has a blues feel and Jessica’s vocals are more melancholy.
This EP feels quite laid back and otherworldly, but features unexpected rhythms and intimate vocals. Jessica’s lyrics full of heavy emotion. She is brave when it comes to taking risks in her professional life and in her music. “One thing that we try to keep in mind is to never recreate something we did before. Simply put, we are learning how to take more risks,” she said.
Their second LP will be released in early 2015. It is engineered by Darrell Thorpe, who has worked with Beck and Radiohead, and is expected to reveal more changes to Deep Sea Divers sound.
Always Waiting is not brilliant, but it is certainly different and well worth a listen. It is a step up from Deep Sea Diver’s first release and great things are to be expected of the band’s next LP. The band will be doing a number of performances in the US and Canada over the next two months, and will hopefully come to Europe soon.