"If you’ve ever met Danny Malone, you probably haven't. Does that make sense? Don't answer that. He's not of this world, yet more human than any I've ever known. He can't make sense of the world, so copes with a withdrawn and spiraling myopia. But of course, like the gesture of lesser equestrians, these blinders are hardly a crutch for controlling the beast with its own mind below him. Sadly, though, he sees what he wishes he couldn't. The crippling invisible. He sees the unsayable, and says the unseeable. He can lie to you with an unsettling ease, because most of his lies he somehow believes. He might save your life. He might up and leave. I love him to death. But I know I won't grieve. His favorite time of day was always mourning. He's fragile as his porcelain pale. But on stage, something damns him, I know this now viscerally. It's beautiful, hard to watch, takes metaphors literally. But he sure as hell has never been boring. So please all of you, don't take him too seriously. He knows what he's doing.
That's all I can think to say about him right now."
---Sincerely, Danny's best friend (who wishes to remain anonymous)
His latest release, SpeedDreamer, was recorded on a 4-track cassette tape recorder (a Tascam 424) alone at his place in total isolation. For 2 months, he stayed up all the live long night and worked all the daw'gone day, writing and recording the entire album. Some songs, like "Black Cat" "haunted, my only" and "Olympia2", were written and recorded in the same day. This is one for the headphone junkies. It's a slow burn.
An album to which one might turn down the lights, lay on the floor, and break up with a lover.
It's certainly a lo-fi deaparture from his previous albums, which were, fundamentally, folk based songs, with starkly different, but respectively hi-fi production. Cuddlebug being, at times, F***ing Rock 'n' Roll, and at others, a nostalgical acoustic guitar driven album. Balloons, in stark contrast, took an insane turn. It became a future-folk, sexy-depression, dancey- and dark album. Made in a mystical castle in Denmark, it's innumerable layers of reverb soaked vocals from the walls of the castle, and found object rythms (i.e. hand claps, foot stomps, piano-lid-slamming, percussive breathing, etc... no drums were used at all actually) made a truly unique and new sound like nothing else out there. And that's no exaggeration. It is distinctly its own.
And now! The unmistakeable, lo-fi soundscape of SpeedDreamer is likewise, comparable to nothing else. While, remarkably, retaining the undeniable soul and stamp of Danny within it.
So, anyway. Enough blabbering about it. Maybe just listen a little bit? If you want? You don't have to or anything. But you'd be a jerk if you didn't after reading this entire freakin' brilliant essay!!!
SpeedDreamer is out now in the USA. But the Europe release will be THIS FALL through the label SONGCRAFTER MUSIC (from Denmark). But you can still get "Limbo" by pre-ordering the album!