Oct 9 2011

Daddy Lion set to release new album ‘Habitat

DaddyLionPhoto Daddy Lion set to release new album Habitat

Imagine Ian Curtis singing ‘Near Wild Heaven‘ by R.E.M. That’s pretty cool, right?

Werefolf‘ is one of two stadium sized and uplifting yet dark country pop songs, downloadable from Daddy Lion‘s debut EP ‘Habitat‘ released later this year.

It has the wide open ethereal space of the early nineties but with modern production and some pretty beguiling backing vocals. Although, I reckon if you played this through a record player it could sound as classic and timeless as The Byrds.

There’s plenty of artists who can put a contemporary take on folk, but not many that do it with such bold and evocative execution.

The best thing about ‘Werewolf‘ is the way the backing vocals mix with the wall of synthesizers. Well chosen notes and almost Fleet Foxes style howls that reverberate through the night, whilst the synths are the sunset dissappearing back behind a thick forest waiting for ‘Werewolf‘ to descend. I’m assuming there is an actual werefolf involved and it wasn’t just a figuritive one. I will of course, carry on assuming.

The Scientist’s Lament‘ is a breezier breeze. One could say that it makes one almost want to run screaming like fuck over rolling hills on a warm summer day just because it conjures up images of montages that include this sort of outlandish behaviour.

You never know, do you?Daddy Lion calls across from one side of a reveen to the other. And you know what? You bloody don’t.

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Post by TR Wicks

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TRACKS:

Daddy Lion – Werewolf

Daddy Lion – The Scientist’s Lament

Daddy Lion – Electric Malaise
doublecougar Daddy Lion set to release new album Habitat


Feb 11 2010

Introducing Daddy Lion

daddylion Introducing Daddy LionWith the accessibility of music today, hearing bands and their influences through their music is inevitable and unsurprising. Unfortunately, for every appealing mockery you get 3,000 rip-offs. Robbers On High Street aping Spoon comes to mind and, of course, the popular rip-off artist of the moment Owl City, who practically admitted to copying The Postal Service sound.

Occasionally there are the rare examples where you say to yourself, “Wow, this sounds exactly like , <insert popular, genre defining band> but it’s still great!” and that’s just it; an act can tastefully wear their influences on their sleeves without sounding talentless.

For example, without Joy Division‘s moody, melancholic expression there would be no Interpol. The Brothers Wilson paved the way for the Fleet Foxes with their intricate and lush harmonies. Regardless of how ridiculous it may seem for preppy, educated white kids to dabble in world and afrobeat rhythms, the Talking Heads beat Vampire Weekend to the punch by over 30 years.

Although on a much smaller scale, Daddy Lion fall into the latter category. The unsigned band from Washington D.C sound like all of their influences (listed on their myspace) and they’re all the better for it. A hint of Joy Division can be heard on ‘Falling to Pieces‘, Hüsker Dü can be heard on ‘Just Die Young and ‘Morning‘ could easily be a Dinosaur Jr. B-side slow burner.

According to NPR, it’s a bedroom breakup album by a semi-stalker using the name “Daddy Lion” as a pseudonym… you know… a typical stalker move. But stalker or not, his varying display of songs make for a good listen, and even though it’s a “break-up” album it doesn’t bog down with sadness.

Although they only have a 6-song EP to their credit, they cover a lot of ground in those precious 19 minutes, mining the past 30 years of pop influences. My hope is that they hone in on a specific genre for their follow-up, or risk falling into that previously mentioned latter category.

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This post written by Adam, aka Simon & Cougarfunkel

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Tracks available from http://daddylion.bandcamp.com/

doublecougar Introducing Daddy Lion