Smile by We Deserve ThisRelease date: February 24, 2017
Label: Fluttery Records
Two things can be said about Jan-Dirk Platek with the utmost certainty: 1) how prolific he is in his ability to produce music, and awesome quality of music at that and 2) his talent of knowing how to play different instruments and play them well. He not only releases music under We Deserve This but also under his own name. His love of music shines through and it’s great to see and hear. On February 24th, We Deserve This will release its 4th album via Fluttery Records. The title of the album is Smile and it is made up of 6 tracks. The album is full of heavy distorted guitars and hard hitting drums. Melodic keys soften the tone throughout. All of these parts come together to create a welcome wall of sound that will comfort you like a warm blanket on a cold winter’s day.
The album begins with the title track, ‘Smile’. It gets heavy just a few seconds into the track. Hitting you right away. A great start, setting the tone nicely for the rest of the album. The distorted guitar, catchy bass line, simple drum beat and melodic keys in ‘Words’ start the second track off very well. Soon everything comes together in a heavy orchestral sounding wave. I love the melodic keys being played here. On the spectrum of heavy, the track goes between lighter and louder right through to the end, with emphasis on the heavy intervals.
I have to say that ‘Unnahbar’ is one of my most favorite tracks on this album, with ‘Der Wandel’ a very close second. The main guitar riff is catchy and sticks with you. It reaches epic proportions at the 1:27 mark and soon brings you back to earth. The keys again here provide a wonderful ambient backdrop. That riff will stick with me for days.
The fourth track is titled ‘Gloom’ but the track is all but that. It is a driving song and the keys in this track are reminiscent of music by New Order or Depeche Mode. The guitars are nice and heavy bringing it back to the heaviness of today’s style of post-rock/post-metal.
Jan-Dirk Platek is an accomplished piano/keyboard player and this really shines through in the track, ‘Der Wandel’. This title, loosely translated, means the change. It definitely is the bridge piece in this album for although it is still heavy in its execution, the melodic aspect in this track is found more so here than in any of the other tracks.
The last track, ‘Undecided’, is a great finish to the album. It encompasses all the elements introduced in the album and brings it all home for the epic finale. If the intention of the album is to make the listener smile, it’s accomplished its intention with me and I bet it will with you as well.