Upon first listen of Enfield by RnB bedroom-pop artist DLG., I am not immediately struck by any particular lyrics, but I am completely floored by the composition and cohesiveness of the body of work. The silky, relaxed six-song EP is dominated by mellow, drawling vocals from DLG. that are supported by an acoustic, plucky guitar that adds an unexpected folk-element into the project. Enfield is a dialed back easy-listen, and sounds a bit like it was influenced by Still Woozy and Mac Miller’s final two projects.
“The Storm” is arguably the strongest track on the EP and feels like what I imagine it's like to take 10 mg of melatonin, drink a coffee, and go to the park right before bad weather. There is a clever metallic clink in between beats overlaid with DLG.’s vocal chop to create a dynamic, echoing effect.
“My Bad!” is a track about living with blame. DLG. croons, “I’m well aware that it’s all on me / pay for my mistakes but the rest is free.” This is another track where DLG.’s ambivalence gives the feeling of sleep paralysis between his upbeat sound and melancholy lyrics.
“Tortuga” has the most folk influence of all the songs. The track feels like the memory of a sad western lullaby and the guitar comes through so crisply that it gives me goosebumps. It’s a bit hard to make out most of the words because of DLG.’s muted vocals, which encouraged a lyrics-first listener like myself to pay more attention to the message and the energy coming from this hauntingly beautiful song.
DLG.’s Enfield feels like a project about acceptance and reflection. Its peaceful, flowing tracks and lyrics of both dismay and hope feels meditative, if not sublime. DLG.’s consistency and his magic ratio of mixed emotions in his music has landed him on Spotify playlists like Silk Sheets and internet crush and his 200k plus monthly listeners prove he’s gaining a foothold among artists like Role Model and Cautious Clay as bedroom pop’s next sad boy. DLG.’s evocative sound and ability to put his soul into the song has made Enfield an obvious win for the artist, my only complaint being that the 19 minute EP ended too soon.