Depollock’s “Wondering” is a brilliantly honest and inspiring song that draws your affection with its lyrical approach to reality, openness, and to the inner turmoil we all feel from time to time. Phoenix-based musician Depollock has an extraordinary way of cutting straight through to the core of his listeners’ emotions. With a passion for music running through his veins from an early age, Depollock’s eclectic melodies expose a truly pure artist whose soul-shattering vocals have the power to provoke a profound response.
Depollock’s performance style on this single has a definite level of angst in talking about this particular topic, though for the most part there’s something completely relaxed about it all. The voice has something about it that reflects the drug reference in the opening line, so you get this laid-back sense of escapism that presents and contrasts greatly with the lyrics. The struggle is all-consuming, and this shows – the more you hear these lines spinning out and around, the more the meaning of the situation starts to show itself.
The music here stands out for so many reasons, the overall mood of the music is maintained throughout and there are definite traits or characteristics that stay present and clear at all times. For the most part, though, everything else appears unexpectedly – these unpredictable, creative details step up to center stage one by one, building essentially an other-worldly ambiance that is as complex as it is haunting.
The music begins with a simple yet powerful audio snippet that lays the foundation and sets the scene effectively. The sound of the track is familiar, but the distant and increasingly intense crackle of the hip hop world is not so familiar – very quickly the piece brings together elements that feel very human or real and those which are completely inventive or alien.
Musically, the track has an ambient set-up which is more attractive and awesome. The opening instrumentation has a dreamlike, electronic-orchestra sort of feel. A touch of retro keys brings a little character by means of a distant yet striking riff. Then you get the beat itself, this tribal-meets-industrial soundscape – this appears intermittently alongside a somewhat more classic hip hop thread. The song has an overall haunting vibe to it, seemingly easy-going at first, but hitting with more and more impact the further into the song you get – or the more times you listen. As an artistic form of expression, the song takes some of the deepest human difficulties and presents them in an unfiltered, ultimately very real manner.