Dave Calandras' second album Gone Too Far journeys through varied soundscapes and moods to deliver a cohesive slab of contemporary folk and roots. From the blisteringly bluesy fingerpicking of 'Sun is Rising' and 'Gone Too Far', to the boozy waltz-like croon of 'Three of Hearts' and 'Last Drinks', or the folksy, Dylan-esque balladry of 'Love and War', there is an effortless transition between genres, fused together by vintage sounds and timeless themes.
Production wise it's a subtle affair, showcasing a rich voice reminiscent of Mark Knopfler and intricate 'finger-style' guitar from start to finish. The album was recorded and mixed with a tendency for spaciousness, hence some of the arrangements are quite atmospheric, however, the use of analogue equipment and vintage ribbon microphones has ensured a unifying warmth of tone throughout the project. Calling in favours from several renowned characters on the Australian music scene, the guest artists have added their colours to Dave's palette whilst remaining respectful to the nature of each song and the space required for the guitar and vocals.
At the heart of this album is the songwriting... personal and observational tales delving into themes of love lost and found, extending the boundaries of normal relationships, the isolation of mental illness, and woeful stories of 'life on the road'. It takes a few listens to get used to Dave's dry sense of humor, but once familiar with the album, you can hear that at least a few of these tunes have been penned with a wry smile.
As a firm believer in the album format, Dave intended this collection of songs to be appreciated as a whole body of work, rather than consumed one song at a time... hence the digital release was delayed until the first 'preview pressing' had sold out. The Itunes launch co-incides with the unveiling of 'The Deluge' film clip, a beautiful blend of landscapes and narrative, which highlights the very cinematic nature of Dave's music on this particular album.
Gone Too Far is available now at Itunes, Bandcamp, CDbaby and at all of Dave's live performances. 'The Deluge' single is available for free download at Noisetrade/davecalandra... with 100% of any donations from Noisetrade going directly to Lifeline Australia.
Like any good work of art, this is an album that gives a little more with every listen. Lean-in closer and hear something special.
released 15 November 2013
Alon Ilsar - Drums ( 1, 2, 5, 7)
Stan Holroyd - Keys ( 1, 2, 3, 5, 7)
Tully Dingle - Drums ( 3, 6 ) Percussion ( 3, 9 ) Bass ( 2, 3, 7 )
Vanessa Forbes - Flute (3)
Mikey Floyd - Double Bass (6)
Gary Sinclair - Verb goodness, synth weirdness and toy bells (9)
Alexi Kaye - Backing vocals (2)
Jason Walker - Pedal Steel (2, 6, 10) Lap Slide (5)
Leroy Lee - Harmonica (1)
Chloe Hall - Backing vocals (8)
Dave Calandra - Acoustic and electric guitars, slide and lead,
Vocals and backing vocals, moog, harmonica, wurlitzer.
Recorded by Pal Sheldon and Dave Calandra at Artec, Megaphon, Sandcastle, and in various Sydney living rooms and bedrooms.
Additional recording by Chris Vallejo on tracks 2 & 3 at Linear.
Mixed by Pal and Dave at Artec. Mastered by William Bowden at King Willy Sound. Back cover photograph by Pat Haynes, Inside photo by Earle Dresner. Album layout by Peter King. Produced by Dave Calandra.
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