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, itâ€™s an albumâ€™s lyrics that are praised for its poetry. But thereâ€™s also something about the instruments and melodies on Sam Skinnerâ€™s solo debut Danny Through Junior that feels equally poetic. Take a song like â€śChestnuts,â€ť on which Skinnerâ€™s 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 â€śJoel,â€ť 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 itâ€™s this calm that makes the record feel so pastoralâ€”picturesque, but also poetic, full of complexity and delicate detail. Itâ€™s also this calm that make Skinnerâ€™s debut exciting within its indie context; hereâ€™s 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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