7/10 Clinton Staff review, 22 May 2014
On Sounds Familyre, the label run by Daniel Smith the mostly bonkers leader of Danielson. Its a nice suprise to hear a lush sounding album of '60's influenced acoustic pop as the only video of them I could find on that thing we call the internet showed three or four girls clawing at a rather worried looking piano. No info on the sleeve either so I'm not sure how involved Smith is in this but I have the feeling it has his muddy pawprints all over it; from the beautifully picked acoustics to the plucked banjo to the warm stacked harmonies it sounds like an album made by people who know what they are doing.
'Holding This Fire' develops from a catchy whistled intro to a beautifully melodic slab of mountain folk. I like 'Covered in Black' too with its 50's doo-wop call and response vocals. Its of high quality throughout, not as madly off the wall as Danielson, I'm reminded more of Devon Sproule, First Aid Kit or a chirpy 50's fixated Laura Veirs. I think people are going to like this.
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