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Daniel Romano

Sleep Beneath the Willow

(You've Changed; US: Import; UK: Import)

For those who believe country music has gone the way of polished pop stars, let small-town Ontario troubadour Daniel Romano show you the light. His latest full-length, Sleep Beneath the Willow, is a genuine and strikingly somber reflection on not just the world around him but his own tortured soul. Country music, a successor of the blues, drips with the kind of dimly-lit shuffles that are prominent in Romano’s music. His drawl is a rustic one and the subtle twang of each of these eleven tracks likely owes a lot to the home studio where Sleep Beneath the Willow was recorded.


Don’t come to Romano looking for a fresh take on alt-country. Instead, look to Romano to re-affirm your faith in country music as a means to warm your empty heart and as a way to avoid the fresh-faced stars on television who’ve never felt the sorrow Romano seems to know all too well.

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Joshua Kloke is a music writer and hopeless Toronto Maple Leafs fan who splits his time between Melbourne, Australia and Canada. He's contributed to The Vancouver Sun, Exclaim!, Beatroute, Beat Magazine, Time Out and veri.live.


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