It seems to take a lot more than just talent to conjure some kind of enthusiasm about your music these days. Daphne Loves Derby possesses the skill set to accomplish great things, but lacks that special ingredient. Originating in 2001, I assume experience is not the reason they remain unknown. In this scenario, I place their misfortunes on bad luck. With limited fame across the internet and no record label to really call home, this “Bad News Bears” situation seems almost irreversible. Even with the release of their new song, “Mare Infinitas”, it seems unlikely that their big break has finally arrived.
As with any Daphne Loves Derby song, this track includes three basic elements. Following the band’s usual manner, this song contains strong lyrics and a bulk of emotions connected to some expressive story. It becomes this cliché tale of perplexed love with a high amount of expressed confusion. The protagonist then inquires a vague question, essentially using this track as a way of beseeching a possible explanation.
With that plot in place, the second element -lax music- complements the story in all the correct places. A smooth melody takes a back seat and adds proper amounts of excitement where it seems necessary. The collision of vocals and instruments create this shadowy, yet serene, environment to survey.
While this serves as a product of talented individuals, “Mare Infinitas” is not exactly what I would call a hit. With all of the good this song involves, it is just too familiar to be anything extra exciting. Of course, there is nothing criminal with sticking to what one does best and remaining individualistic. But, with such a long run in something as influential as music, and with so many failed attempts already, I was expecting some kind of phenomenon, or at least hoping for one.
The potential I see in connection with this band is great; I just don’t see the potential being utilized that well. The space allowed for experimenting, without completely falling off the wagon, is wasted on recognizable efforts. I would almost suggest something more risky to kind of take Daphne Loves Derby out of the rut in which they seem so comfortable. I remain hopeful that greater achievements are on the band’s list of things to do, and that eventually their fan base will develop. The internet is only one way to take control, and I believe proper gratitude is in order. Still rooting for this underdog, let’s hope they eventually get some kind of miracle.