Friday, January 23, 2009

A Nice Record I Got In The Post Yesterday

Dan Arborise: Take Heart In Your Hope (Just Music, 2009)
I'm in a bit of a hurry, so I'll keep this short. I've been going through my post - most of it - and I'm not much taken with any of it. I have to be honest, I don't have any space in my heart left for "scratchy Josef K guitars" or "cinematic rock-scapes" or all that other nonsene. But I do have space - quite a lot of space, in fact - for someone who can write really, really good songs and sing them in a way that makes you want to listen to them Quite A Lot. Like Dan Arborise. I was listening to this (it's the "B-side" of his new "single") and thought, "He's like John Martyn playing the songs of Nick Drake." Then I went to his Myspace page and it said, "John Martyn sings the songs of Nick Drake" or something. So, amazing. Anyway. This is great. As is this, though it could do with a bit more Dan, tbh. (Let's not talk about the hair, OK?)

4 comments:

The Wolfmen said...

Just the thing for my 'fuggy 'head

Simon said...

Like a cross between James Yorkston and Anthony & The Johnsons. Nice.

BLTP said...

Having problems getting past the hair, I'm very influenced by hair on pop stars it's shallow but it hasn't let me down that much apart from King kurt and Mel and Kim

Rob said...

Hey Wolfmen chaps: Glad to be of service...
Simon: Them too - yes!
bltp: I know - what can I say?