Dave Calandras' latest offering journeys through varied soundscapes from the past to deliver a comprehensive slab of modern folk and roots. From the blisteringly bluesy fingerpicking of 'Gone Too Far' and 'Sun is Rising', 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 songwriting.
Production wise, it's a very subtle affair, supported by understated instrumentation and devoid of hi-fi gloss, this album showcases a rich voice reminiscent of Mark Knopfler and intricate finger-style guitar from start to finish. Calling in favours from some renowned musical characters, the guest artists have added their colours to Dave's palette and embellished his ideas without overwhelming the guitar and vocals.
At the heart of this album is the songwriting.....personal and observational tales of darkness and light, delving into themes of love gone right and love gone wrong, extending the boundaries of normal relationships, the isolation of mental illness, and woeful tales of life on the road. It takes a few listens to get used to Dave's dry sense of humor.... but you can hear that at least a few of these tunes have been penned with a wry smile.
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.
1. Sun is Rising 3:55
2. Runaway Girl 3:22
3. The Deluge 4:48
4. Somewhere Sometime 0:56
5. Gone Too Far 3:48
6. Three of Hearts 3:54
7. Thicker Than Water 4:58
8. Love and War 4:04
9. One of a Kind 3:59
10. Last Drinks 6:00
released 03 September 2011
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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