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deSol – On My Way

Daniel G. Harmann-Anthems from the Gentle War

www.myspace.com/danielgharmann

Hello Tower Media(hellotower.com)

An honest, wear your emotions on your sleeve, ambient wave of a down to earth work of art.

Stuffing Daniel G. Harmann into the emo/indie genre would be a slap in the face to this compassionate artist. Just as heartfelt as rhythms from New Order, Daniel G. Harmann is a solo man that makes his music out of pure honesty.

Harmann’s voice quivers with the melodies of his songs. In “A Dying Dove” his gentle voice conveys the stage of his life as someone who is searching for their place in a world full of turmoil. Daniel G. Harmann brings subtle beauty through his songs, something that should be admired.

Harmann’s simple, sometimes repetitive lyrics like in “I’ve Turned To a Life of Crime” make the album flow from track to track almost as if weightlessly. Harmann whispers, speaks softly, takes deep breaths and blossoms throughout this album.

It is hard not to appreciate an album such as this on a day spent out in the sun on a blanket just for you or inside sipping coffee while it sprinkles rain. The album can apply to many stages of life, which is masterful even if Harmann meant to or not.

I’ll go to sleep tonight listening to “Go Now, Rush Ashore” and in the morning I’ll wake listening to Harmann’s gentle anthems. Luckily for us, Harmann provides the perfect soundtrack to help pull us through good and bad times in his fourth CD that I beseech anyone who is a self respecting music lover to pick up!

Marilyse Diaz

mjork@independentclauses.com

Writer-Cover Your Tracks

writerWriterCover Your Tracks
Self-released

Writer has a lot invested in Cover Your Tracks.Even though this is a self-released disc, the artwork is more eyecatching, snazzy and professional than most small indie labels can afford to create. It actually calls to mind the bizarre yet cool artwork from Coldplay’s A Rush of Blood to the Head, although Writer exercises more restraint than Coldplay did on its singles and live album with similar art themes.
That’s where the similarities to Coldplay stop, though. Writer is a sleepy-eyed indie-pop band in the vein of Grandaddy (more well known) and Meryll (more accurate). It falls squarely into a genre that I coined last month: Rainy Day Makeout Music. It’s got all the characteristics: shuffling, slow-moving, lush, full, and beautiful. But where many RDMM bands fall into the homogeneity-inspiring trap of “mood is all,” Writer deftly sidesteps the pit and makes a clean getaway.
Instead of each song sounding like the last, the members of writer made a great effort to distinguish between songs. Whether it be the captivating near-silent break of “Write One Down,” the excellent acoustic guitar ditty that permeates “Friend,” the “sun breaking through the clouds” guitar melody of “Four Letters,” or the extremely Meryll-esque sliding guitar lines of “Make Us Proud,” the members of Writer have immaculately crafted each of these tunes to stand on their own but still flow perfectly in the context of an astonishingly well-paced album.
Those four songs I name-checked? They’re the first four real songs on the album (after the intro). The rest of the album unfolds in similarly exciting fashion, unveiling song after memorable song of guitar-based indie-pop with wonderfully fitting vocals and enough pop hooks to make a fish squirm. This album does not cease to amaze, whether it’s in the buzzing synths and surrounding background vocals of “The Pollution,” the change-in-mood moroseness of “My Thoughts on the Subject,” the stripped-down acoustic winner “Lesson Number Four” (a highlight on the album), the poignant and moving “Title track part two” (another highlight), or in spare, downtempo closer “I Think She Died.”
Yes, this album succeeds on all levels. In fact, everything this album attempts to accomplish, it succeeds at. This is indie-pop of the highest order – completely refreshing, exhilarating and comforting. I would love to see the three men of Writer play a show – it sounds like it would be a cathartic, revelatory experience. And really, that’s why Writer put so much effort into making their website better than most signed bands’ – they’re good enough to deserve such treatment.
I hope that those mourning the loss of Grandaddy will look in Writer’s direction and exalt them as the next great band to follow. I know I’m already on board.

Stephen Carradini
independentclauses@hotmail.com

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