Dan Black recently released ‘Do Not Revenge’, his first album in eight long years.
Naturally our reviewer David couldn’t let such a moment go by without giving us his thoughts. Was it worth the wait?
It’s been a long eight years between releases for UK-based artist Dan Black.
His second studio album ‘Do Not Revenge’ has been described as “an experience” and if you’ve been following the album release campaign, there’s a good indication as to why.
Dan first captured my attention back in 2009 and became an artist I really appreciated, so I am glad to see him back with fresh music.
There is something innately fascinating about Dan Black. I know I’m not the only one who thinks this, but he’s a quirky musician. Many others have referred to his style of pop music as unique and “wonky pop” but I think it’s his quirkiness bubbling to the surface.
Initial teaser track ‘Farewell’ features a favourite artist of mine – Kelis. Both complementary and contrary, the dynamics between the two of them are spot on and a really enjoyable listen through this song.
The next track that captured my imagination was album opener – and current single – ‘Wash Away’.
Having recently been involved in making videos for work, I have a deep appreciation for the amount of effort involved in creating one.
The video for ‘Wash Away‘ appears to be a simple concept, but peel back the layers and it reveals how much more complex it actually is. Paired with such a stunning track, it’s hard not to fall in love with. The production is simple and listening to the song on high quality headphones or speakers is a really enjoyable experience.
Perhaps considered more mainstream, ‘Headphones’ is what I’d call a more traditional pop tune.
Yes, there’s still a great music video attached to this song, but it’s simpler and feels like something people would happily add to their playlist.
I enjoyed listening to it, but found myself circling back to ‘Farewell’ and ‘Wash Away’ more regularly. ‘Ur The 1’ is a similar tune; super enjoyable and a more straightforward listen in comparison to others.
One might call it predictable to duet with Imogen Heap, but it’s brilliant in my opinion. On ‘We Drift On’, listeners are treated to an ethereal, broody and layered tune. Dan & Imogen’s voices complement each other beautifully and it creates a stunning moment. It’s hard not to drift off to another universe listening to this tune; in fact several tunes on this album distracted me from work several times because of their beauty.
The quirkiness in Dan’s music is both enthralling to connect to and what makes listening to his music so magical.
It may have taken eight years to bring to life, but it’s been worth the wait.
If you love dark, broody pop music that still feels real and fun at the same time, this album is one to pay attention to.
VERDICT : 5/5.
MUST LISTEN : Farewell, Wash Away, We Drift On, Ur The One, Polar Bears.