Following the success of their 2017 debut Swear I’m Good At This which earned them a sizeable cult fanbase, Alex Luciano and Noah Bowman reveal their second Diet Cig album. Do You Wonder About Me? is more muscular and confident than before, but it still contains the witty and literate lyrics of Luciano and the overtures towards tweeness that made them so beloved the first time out. 

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Do You Wonder About Me? by Diet Cig
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6/10 Fred MG 01 May 2020

There’s more than a touch of the Carly Rae Jepsens about Diet Cig’s sophomore LP ‘Do You Wonder About Me?’. While the Brooklyn duo go about their business from a base of electric guitar and drums rather than the more lavish synth trappings of Jepsen’s work, there are equivalent giddy pop rushes to be found in the music of both parties. The similarities have been accentuated in the three years since Diet Cig’s debut LP ‘Swear I’m Good At This’ - possibly due to the shinier production afforded to this new collection, these songs convey the adolescent emotional polarities of Diet Cig’s music as well as anything off ‘Emotion’.

However, while also operating with a simultaneously breathless verve, Diet Cig don’t have the aesthetic range of Jepsen, and this album suffers for it. While opening jams like ‘Thriving’ and ‘Who Are You?’ use a big-budget sound to sell low-budget thrills, one starts to get the sense around ‘Makeout Interlude’ that once you’ve heard one Diet Cig tune, you’ve heard them all. This feeling isn’t helped by the fact that the pair seem to lose their way a bit around this point too, with a run of underwritten songs and jarring genre experiments (the weird emo-hardcore combo of ‘Flash Flood’) giving off the sense of a band trying to change gear but unsure how exactly to go about doing it.

Diet Cig do switch it up in the final third of ‘Do You Wonder About Me?’, a run that gestures towards interesting paths their sound may wander in future. ‘Worth The Wait’ and ‘Night Terrors (Reprise)’ are the most dynamic arrangements here, doing away with the basement-punk guitar-drum combo to spin tender koans from acoustic guitars, field recordings, tempo changes and prominent synths. They also find the bolshy kiss-offs of the album’s first half turned inwards, with certain lyrics - the latter’s hushed ‘Would it be better if our life wasn’t defined by our art?’, for instance - hitting home hard. These songs indicate that, with a little less thrashing around and a little more consideration, Diet Cig can build still further from another promising collection.



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