22 Apr 2019
UsernamePassword

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking
muzic.net.nz 20th Anniversary with Written By Wolves, Skinny Hobos, Dead Favours, Coridian and Rebel Sound Radio. Auckland May 4 2019!

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.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Delaney Davidson

Releases

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

Other Reviews By Jacquie Walters

Andrew Masseurs - Single/Video Review: Set Me Free
10 Apr 2019 // by Jacquie Walters
Set Me Free is the first single from Andrew Masseurs' upcoming album Traveller in the Sky, and it’s a real ripper. Masseurs’ vocals are completely on point and the driving beat of the track sets the perfect pace.
Read More...
The Polly Johnson Set - Album Review: The Polly Johnson Set
18 Mar 2019 // by Jacquie Walters
Get your hands on this self-titled debut album from The Polly Johnson Set as soon as possible. It’s the album you didn’t know you needed.
Read More...
Gig Review: Milk & Honey @ Powerstation, Auckland - 08/03/2019
11 Mar 2019 // by Jacquie Walters
The line-up at the Powerstation for the inaugural Milk and Honey Festival to mark International Women’s Day was undoubtedly stellar. Ria Hall, Tami Neilson, Julia Deans (with Anna Coddington) and Nadia Reid interspersed with contributions from DJ Sandy Mill - you’d be hard pushed to pack more talent into an evening than that.
Read More...
Gig Review: The Eagles @ Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin - 2/03/2019
03 Mar 2019 // by Jacquie Walters
“There are stars in the Southern sky” sang The Eagles, and even as the first few notes resounded around Forsyth Barr Stadium the audience could not help but think that the constellation was in fact on stage in front of them. The beautiful wash of vocal harmonies from the line-up of original members Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B Schmidt and additions, Glenn Frey’s son Deacon and singer-songwriter Vince Gill was breath-taking.
Read More...
Brendan and Alison Turner - Album Review: Ghost of a Friend
01 Mar 2019 // by Jacquie Walters
Ghost of a Friend is an aptly-named exploration of deep grief from soulful Americana duo Brendan and Alison Turner. The couple first met only six years ago and have had a tumultuous time since - falling in love, marrying, performing and touring together and then tragically losing their best man and musical collaborator.
Read More...
Gig Review: The Hollies @ Trafalgar Centre, Nelson - 27/02/2019
27 Feb 2019 // by Jacquie Walters
The Hollies brought the crowd to their feet at Nelson’s Trafalgar Centre for not one, but two standing ovations – a fitting climax to an evening that delivered on expectations for the predominantly 60 years old plus audience.The Hollies’ concert was a nostalgia trip from the start evoking memories of the band’s heyday in the 1960's and 1970's.
Read More...
Gig Review: Don McGlashan & Marlon Williams @ Neudorf Vineyard, Nelson - 12/02/2019
13 Feb 2019 // by Jacquie Walters
A susurration of dust motes in the air in front of the stage at Neudorf Vineyard, heralded the beginning of tonight’s magical and highly-anticipated Marlon Williams concert - an appropriate beginning for an event postponed because of a large fire sparked last week in tinder dry conditions. Tonight’s event was the perfect balm for the soul for rattled Nelson Tasman residents.
Read More...
Graeme James - Album Review: The Long Way Home
05 Feb 2019 // by Jacquie Walters
The Long Way Home is everything existing Graeme James’ fans and newcomers to his music could hope for. Thoughtful lyrics, beautiful and carefully nuanced production, and enough catchy, foot tapping tracks to satisfy any radio programmer.
Read More...
View All Articles By Jacquie Walters

NZ Top 10 Singles

  • OLD TOWN ROAD (REMIX)
    Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus
  • BAD GUY
    Billie Eilish
  • TALK
    Khalid And Disclosure
  • WOW.
    Post Malone
  • SUNFLOWER
    Post Malone And Swae Lee
  • SUCKER
    Jonas Brothers
  • WISH YOU WERE GAY
    Billie Eilish
  • SATURDAY NIGHTS
    Khalid
  • BURY A FRIEND
    Billie Eilish
  • DANCING WITH A STRANGER
    Sam Smith And Normani
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem