Review: Daisyhead – ‘The Smallest Light’

by Deanna Chapman

Daisyhead is a relatively new band that released their first EP in 2013, followed by a split with Have Mercy in 2014. Now they’ve released their debut full-length The Smallest Light via No Sleep Records. And man, it’s a great record. I feel that’s just something you need to know right off the bat. The band has shown growth in the short period between that EP in late 2013 and this record. When I first gave it a listen, it was the first time I had heard any music from the band and I just kept wanting to hear more.

The start of 2015 has been great for music and I’m hoping this isn’t one of those releases that ends up being forgotten by the end of the year. I know I won’t forget it. The album opens with “Defenselessness” and immediately shows off how talented the band is lyrically and musically. Being from Nashville, it wasn’t much of a surprise to me that I really enjoyed their lyrics. I don’t think it’s an overstatement that Nashville is a great place to be for songwriters even though most people associate it with country music. Daisyhead easily proves that. You get a real 90’s alt rock feel from them and I love every second of it. So, I mean, if you couldn’t already tell, I really love this album.

“Lead” initially stood out to me because it starts out softer and slower than most of the album. For the chorus, it picks up the pace and overall had a good mixture in it to ensure the whole album didn’t sound too much a like while still keeping it cohesive. Most albums have those couple of songs you just aren’t into, but I didn’t feel that way about this one. The album consists of 11 songs and that was the magic number for Daisyhead – not too short and not too long. Essentially, I would highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys some good rock music and wants to watch this band grow. I know I’m looking forward to seeing them progress even further.