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Delaney Davidson - Album review - Shining Day

17 Mar 2018 // A review by Jacquie Walters

Compelling from the very first notes, Delaney Davidson harnesses sonic eccentricity and deploys it to magnificent effect across all eleven tracks of this absolute ripper of an album. Impeccable and intriguing production makes this is a fascinating and gratifying listening experience.

Imagine the sound as the love child of Tom Waits and Ryan Adams, plenty of grit and soul coupled with catchy rhythms and toe-tapping listenability. While it might have glimpses of influences from other artists, Shining Day is about as far from derivative as you could hope to get.

Strange I Know puts Davidson’s vocals and their distinctive New Zealand twang front and centre before Such A Loser launches us on a different trajectory altogether. Ever Gonna See is an uncomfortable but mesmerising track with its central question of “am I ever going to get you to see the way it is for me?” Possibly not, but thank you for the glimpse.

Ten Ton Forty Foot Carnival Girl reclaims the wobble board and creates the quirky atmosphere of the carnival itself.

Shining Day, featuring SJD, is an absolute stand out track. Melodically it’s strongly reminiscent of Johnny Cash’s Hurt but with the redemptive message “here is your shining day”. Another track The World Is Mine (also featuring SJD) surely belongs on a Tarantino soundtrack as part of the track's journey to world domination.

Davidson’s lyrics are endlessly fascinating. From “every time I think of you, you get a little smaller” in So Far Away to “the world is an oyster and I want to see the pearl” in Ten Ton Forty Foot Carnival Girl, Delaney has the gift of the unexpected and poignant turn of phrase. The words are compelling if not always easy to listen to.

This album is remarkable. It’s truly a great piece of work and one to add to your collection as soon as possible.


Review written by Jacquie Walters

 

About Delaney Davidson

Part man part wheel, Delaney Davidson is part wandering minstrel, part travelling salesman. One hand holds a small brown suitcase; his trade, his ghost orchestra, the other holds his guitar. One foot firmly in the Blues Trash corner of the ring, the other on the road, you could say Delaney sees music as he sees geography, and that although he has certain preferences, in fact all territories are up for grabs. Ireland, Germany, Italy, Brazil, UK, Switzerland, Mexico, Austria, Romania, Belgium, Holland, Russia, France, USA, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand, all destinations on the ten year Solo Tour with which Davidson has turned homelessness into a success of its own. Man of a thousand faces, his work with paint, music, film and concept all has traces of his unique take on life. Part new world and part old world, this duality is echoed in the flavours he evokes with his work; Past VS present, too loud for folk VS too quiet for rock, Light VS Dark, Davidson’s restless work refuses to be still for the portrait it is asked to sit for. A pattern we see in his own restless life, indeed, the apple never falls far from the tree.

This approach of DIY has a special flavour of its own, and can continually be seen in Davidson’s work.

While Davidson seeks to embody this ethic he also displays a degree of skill in his work. In a former life his painting exhibitions of Nocturnal Landscapes, in the early 1990′s, showed a minimal use of form bordering on abstract and a tonal blend of colours that were darker than black. What these works lacked in skill they made up for in concept; they delighted the man on the street and astounded the connoisseur.

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Releases

Shining Day
Year: 2018
Type: Album
Buy Online @ Mightyape
Devil In The Parlour
Year: 2016
Type: EP

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