It only takes one play of Idiot Soul for Damien Verrett — the 24-year-old singer/songwriter behind So Much Light — to engulf and captivate the listener. With a soothing flood of inviting melodies over lush instrumental backdrops, Verrett’s soulful crooning instantly encapsulates the sultry allure of So Much Light. His carefully-calibrated production yields an expressive combination of character and charisma that embodies So Much Light’s aesthetic credo as a whole.
Yet despite the seemingly serious melodic intent of Idiot Soul (a DIY production recorded mostly in Verrett’s bedroom), the tracks are punctuated by a self-deprecating sarcasm, clever word play and sardonic observations, presented like an elbow to the rib of millennial shortcomings. The quintessential example appears in the track "Soap Box," when Verrett comments on American mass marketing culture by asking ‘why become a god when you could be a brand?’ “I try to be as honest as possible,” says Verrett of his writing process, “Good songwriting involves being comfortable with addressing one’s faults. I relate best to flawed artists and even more so to artists who are aware of those flaws.”