An expanding underground thanks to the likes of Soundcloud is doing a lot to exponentially grow the alternative movement, and for DEVORA, it’s given her just the right amount of room to craft the sort of short-form record we needed to hear in 2023. Titled simply God is Dead, DEVORA’s latest trip into the studio is marked with a heavy influence from darker varieties of retro surrealism, but it isn’t shoved together with a lot of dynamic bombasts in the case of songs like “Wild West,” “Pornstar” and the namesake track.
This is an EP that needs to be treated as a sampling of the staple elements in an album, not because of its length but because of the multilayered experience that it presents audiences with upon giving it a spin. Here, our leading lady isn’t trying to explain humanity; she’s instead focused on trying to figure out herself and her place within the big picture of life, which I find to be a lot more relatable than any other route could have been. We’re at a crossroads in the history of pop music, and on the alternative side, singer/songwriters like this one are making a new era more exciting to follow.
Vulnerability is presented in a couple of different fashions in God is Dead, with the instrumental components of the title track conveying just as much of an exposed feel as the lyrics in “Pornstar” or “Bonesaw” would. There’s a rustic element to the muted play in “Wild West” and even the electrifying “God is Dead” that introduces a greater degree of mortality into the narrative here, but not enough for the lyrics to ever sound suffocated by the angst of the harmony they’re made to be a part of. DEVORA has a reflective lyrical wit that she doesn’t mind unleashing in songs like “Wild West” and the obvious single “Bonesaw,” but she’s careful to avoid using excessively self-centered imagery when putting together a verse. That’s been a common problem among a lot of the competition in the last year, and clearly, it’s something she wanted to avoid when putting together this spellbinding four-part release.
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Both cerebral in style and stunningly personal at its core, God is Dead is undeniably the best EP I’ve heard in 2023 so far, and if you think there hasn’t been enough time to cut a substantial amount of music this January, you’re in for one heck of a surprise in the next few weeks to come. Even though there’s going to be a lot of pressure on her to record a follow-up album or something along those lines a lot sooner than later, I don’t know that DEVORA should rush back into the recording process just yet. I think she needs to let her creative juices simmer and work on developing a plan for her live performances; until those can be carried out, I think God is Dead acts as a good way for new fans to get to know one of the hottest up and comer’s in the game today.