Daniel Woolhouse is known to the music world as Deptford Goth. While he harnesses the bleary, subtle vocals of some other prominent London acts, the slick bedroom R&B aesthetic isn’t what makes his project so special – it’s the place it comes from. Sadly, I didn’t realize that until only recently, when I revisited his 2013 full-length debut Life After Defo and its heavy-hearted pop experimentalism. His songs carry such a tremendous amount of soul and vulnerability, built upon isolation, introspection, and unspoken feelings. It’s not the first time I’ve returned to an album and appreciated it much more, but it is undoubtedly the most I’ve woken up to something I missed.
He’s getting ready to release his sophomore album, the simply-titled Songs, and you better believe I’m on board from the start this time around. He’s promised to not be quite so despondent this turn, but the upfront honesty that makes his music so potent won’t be scaled back at all. “Two Hearts” is the second cut he’s shared off the album, and it’s solid proof of that. With a warm hook and singer-songwriter sentiments, it hides devastating heartbreak behind an unexpectedly upbeat, airy arrangement. It’s pop in its most intimate, emotive form, and a track you’ll want to get totally lost in.