Ladyhawk’s core is bracing rock. Neil Young’s Tonight’s The Night is the hailstorm on the hood of The Replacements Let It Be, while distorted guitars invoke the thread and swerve of Silkworm and Dinosaur Jr. Helped along the way by Amber Webber (vocals) and Josh Wells (percussion, organ, singing) of Black Mountain, it will be hard to find a more hauntingly beautiful set of rock music than this debut.
“The Dugout” [MP3]
Ships, Danielson’s newest full-length, sees Daniel Smith opening his arms wider than ever. Daniel made a long list of artists who have worked with Danielson over the years and other folks who planned to work together at some point. This list led to working with family, making new friends, and keeping the old. All joined together—both the well-known (Deerhoof, Sufjan Stevens, Why?) and not as well-known artists (Sereena Maneesh, Leopulde, Half-handed Cloud)—each bringing his or her own skills and ideas to Daniel’s songs and voice, resulting in this crowning achievement.
“Did I Step on Your Trumpet?” [MP3]
I Am Robot and Proud
“The Electricity in Your House Wants to Sing” [MP3]
“Soundwave Sound” [MP3]
The Court and Spark