by Elberton Cisnero

I-DONT-KNOW-HOW-BUT-THEY-FOUND-ME-cdDallon Weekes, once the backbone of the pop-rock sensation Panic! At The Disco, has long since stepped out of the shadow of his former band to craft a niche that is distinctively his own. With his project, I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME (iDKHOW), Weekes delves deeper into indie pop and emo, intertwining dark lyrical themes with melodically upbeat tunes. The sophomore album from iDKHOW, Gloom Vision, is a ride through a myriad of sounds and emotions, marking a significant evolution from the debut album, Razzmatazz.

The album starts with “Downside,” setting the tone for the eclectic mix to follow, but also pays homage to Weekes’ past with a nod to the theatricality reminiscent of Panic! At The Disco. With its solid chorus and developing musical arrangements, this opening anthem establishes Gloom Vision as an album that refuses to be boxed into a singular genre.

“Gloomtown Rats” further reveals the album’s many standout moments, with its infectious bassline, synth pad, and textures that transports listeners back to the ’80s. Weekes’ ability to sing a melody with influences from contemporary indie pop is evident, showcasing his skill as a songwriter and vocalist.

However, Gloom Vision is not without its moments of introspection and darkness. Tracks like “SPKOTHDVL” andiDKHOW-2 “A Letter” navigate through themes of love, obsession, and personal turmoil. “A Letter,” in particular, serves as a poignant narrative, weaving Weekes’ personal reflections into a sonic tapestry that is both haunting and moving.

The album’s zenith is arguably “Satanic Panic,” a track epitomizing iDKHOW’s musical ethos. Its upbeat tempo, catchy chorus, and masterful instrumentation encapsulate the dynamic energy that iDKHOW brings to its music. This song and the rest of the album highlight Weekes’ ability in creating music that is as thought-provoking as it is entertaining.

Gloom Vision shows Dallon Weekes’ evolution as an artist. From his roots in Panic! At The Disco to the formation of iDKHOW, Weekes has consistently pushed the boundaries of his musical expression. The album’s exploration of themes such as satanic panic, neurodivergence, and the complexities of human emotion, all while maintaining an infectious beat, is a feat few artists can achieve.

Produced alongside Dave Fridmann, known for his work with Tame Impala, MGMT, and Weezer, Gloom Vision benefits from a production that is both polished and experimental. The collaboration brings out the best in Weekes’ compositions, allowing for a sound that is expansive and immersive.

iDKHOW-1In conclusion, Gloom Vision by I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME is a robust sophomore album; it shows Weekes’ artistic identity and versatility while demonstrating his exceptional talent as a musician and his profound understanding of the emotional depth that music can convey. With this album, iDKHOW solidifies promising and exciting adventures for fans and new listeners.

5 Finger gives a review of 86

Gloom Vision

Release Date: February 23, 2024

Label: Concord Records

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