RIYL: Pinegrove, The Hotelier, Into It. Over It., Modern Baseball,
Label: Soft Speak Records
After the success of ‘Cardinals’ Sam Skinner, Guitar for Pinegrove is releasing a solo debut album entitled ‘Danny Through Junior’. Here is a write up by Dane Erbach of New Noise Magazine:
Usually, it‚Äôs an album‚Äôs lyrics that are praised for its poetry. But there‚Äôs also something about the instruments and melodies on Sam Skinner‚Äôs solo debut Danny Through Junior that feels equally poetic. Take a song like ‚ÄúChestnuts,‚ÄĚ on which Skinner‚Äôs shy voice is bolstered by a higher harmony, but also a tenderly plucked guitar whose expressive voice almost overpowers the vocalists. The way this guitar guides the song, the way a tidy drum set keeps it contained and a banjo trundles delicately behind it, evokes the savvy of a Whitman poem, the whimsy of a Dickinson. Or even ‚ÄúJoel,‚ÄĚ like a whispered Weezer song, uses mumbly chords and a clever melody as it cycles through its verses. These songs feature musicianship that possess a sort of lyrical quality, delicate and intentional, instilling the implicit sense of a story, showing more than it tells. Skinner tapped a number of up-and-coming contemporaries to contribute vocals, including Elaiza Santos from Crying and 100%, Natasha Jacobs from Thelma, and Evan Stephens Hall, with whom he plays in Pinegrove. But, on Danny Through Junior, he takes a much calmer, much quieter approach compared to this other project, and it‚Äôs this calm that makes the record feel so pastoral‚ÄĒpicturesque, but also poetic, full of complexity and delicate detail. It‚Äôs also this calm that make Skinner‚Äôs debut exciting within its indie context; here‚Äôs a musician stretching his wings and applying his agile songwriting sensibility to another sound, expanding his capacity as a musician and, simultaneously, the potential of his genre.
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Limited to 300 randomly colored 160 gram 12" LP made with love by Gotta Groove Records in the USA officially out January 13, 2017.
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