"Meaning and circumstance and emotional response can emerge from many differing sources, and in the case of Instrumental Swim, they coalesce out of the many textures and tensions Desmelik has created. It’s an album of varying moods and swings, shifting from one train of thought to another in ways that lyrics might not."
Rapid River Magazine
"Deep Down The Definition, the seventh solo effort from the Brevard, NC based singer/songwriter, is a remarkable collection of 14 new tunes, and it cements Desmelik's status as one of the gems of Western North Carolina's flourishing Americana scene."
"Almost a song cycle of life and death and the little that matters in between, Deep Down The Definition is a great album that recalls the likes of Richard Thompson and Richmond Fontaine in its downbeat and occasionally bitter sense."
"Desmelik has a gift for coaxing the listener; for stringing you along until the music connects with something inside you, and it all suddenly makes sense."
"A voice that has the ability to move you both spiritually and emotionally."
— Maverick Magazine (UK)
"There's some really beautiful playing (Onlooker): Dave Desmelik himself on guitars, mandolin, banjo, and piano decorates his own songs with some real delicacy, broadening the emotional landscape created by each song."
nodepression.com (Flyinshoes Reviews)
“Through the wonderful coloring of the songs (from banjo and piano over acoustic guitar, mandolin and dobro to piercing harmonica), this (Onlooker) is another wonderful album.”
— MazzMusikas (Belgium)
"Dave Desmelik's brand of Americana is the kind that makes you neither cry in your beer nor suck it down at a grim pace. His is the kind that makes you stop drinking for just a moment to acknowledge it with an emotional nod, a shiver of recognition that touches your own experience."
"Desmelik's songs vary from ballads to toe-tapping scores, but the common denominator is listener-friendly arrangments that you don't have to be an Americana enthusiast to appreciate."
"Desmelik reminds me of the reasons I got into bed with Americana on the first date. An unpretentious approach to songwriting and performance, gritty and generic without being predictable, his songs show an excellent range."
"Western NC singer/songwriter Dave Desmelik writes high-quality folk songs filled with introspective lyrics, but what really makes him shine is his instrumental prowess. He plays with authority that grabs even the most casual listener's full attention."
"Desmelik's music is honest, his are relevant questions, and he plays guitar viciously. This man carries with him the legacy of a dying breed."
"Desmelik doesn't write a song to hear a couple of chords slide together, although the combinations adamantly succeed, he tells a story. His perspective is that of a country boy who's not exactly country, a traveler who sees the world from his front porch, yet relates it with quiet authority."
"Unheard Of" recieves 4-1/2 stars out of 5."
"With this album, Desmelik assembles an impressive collection of NPR-ready songs that are both traditional-sounding and contemporary. When Your Eyes Are Closed is respectful of its simple heritage, while remaining slightly unconventional and adventurous."
— Performer Magazine (southeast)