Dan Wilson is one of those rare souls who, seemingly with ease, write glorious pop hooks by the dozens. Wilson hasn’t lost his touch for even a second over the years, as his wonderful new album shows. Today, we are highlighting the single “Your Brighter Days”, with a video from Wilson describing the inspiration for the tune and Wilson adds onto that by explaining more about the song below.
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That catchy tune is “Under the Same Sky”, which the Dollyrots’ Kelly Ogden says “is a love song. Both the bunny-on-bunny type and as a dedication to the new man in my life… our baby River. It features his first recorded performance, a sample of his heartbeat through a fetal monitor opening the track.” If it’s about a brand-spankin’ new family member, then you know the song has real passion.
“Under the Same Sky” appears on the band’s February release, Barefoot and Pregnant, which our own Matt Casarino called deeply hooky, melodic, wacky and at least as delightfully bratty as 2007’s Because I’m Awesome.
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