“Western Man” is Father/Daughter duo Daisy House’ 3rd album since forming in 2013. It began life as an attempt at the audio equivalent of “the Great Amerikan Novel”; a collection of perfectly crafted pop masterpieces, in other words, an attempt at making the “classic pop album”.
On “Western Man”, Daisy House have seemingly stepped back across the Atlantic (they’re American) somewhat from their Anglo-Folk beginnings while still retaining their authentic 60’s fetish. Daisy House is more “Factory” than “Fairport” this time out.
”Western Man" incorporates 60's British and American Pop and Folk-rock and is populated with the ghosts of Dylan, Sinatra/Hazlewood and 60's Southern Californian vocal groups.
Doug Hammond continues to reward lyrically with the richly expressive Miss Tatiana cooing lines such as: “These assignments from heaven, they should have been ours…filling eternities vases with billions of flowers” (from “Say Goodbye”) and the sultry stream-of-consciousness of: “with the bloody crimson rose in the sand between our toes, hiding out like melting pumpkins in the Halloween yard” contained in the lyrics to “The Boulevard” (just one of WM’s ‘classics that never were’) conjuring images of “Blonde On Blonde” era bohemian languor coupled with social “unease”.
Encased in the stripped down acoustic majesty of “Twilight In The Palace Of Reason” are hallucinatory lyrics that freshly address the Fall ’15 Paris terror attacks, challenge the orthodoxy of Europe’s multi-cultural quest (“From the Tower came every language, with a curse from every chin”) and directly question the canonical sentiments of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ itself: “You can imagine there’s no countries, but they still won’t let you in”.
There is the bright, charming, Euro-Centric-Retro-Pop of “Willow” (another album highlight and “would-be hit”) which effectively sounds like a Maharishi-era Beatles song fronted by Mary Hopkin. Miss Tatiana breaks up into giggles as she warbles:
“Children up the street sleep through all the years.
Dreamers should be up to push the pillow.
or to kiss the girl, laughing is so free
Little kisses for the baby Willow”
The album artwork itself however, puckishly mirrors Daisy House’ awareness of the darker undercurrents of the times they inhabit, presenting a series of Conspiracy Theory clues hidden in the Western desert landscape of the rear cover suggesting that “The Times They Are A Changing” and not necessarily for the better.
In short, as guided by the musical past Daisy House may remain, "Western Man" is ultimately an album for these times; joyous and ominous – sacred and profane – paranoid and comforting – haunted and haunting... It's the best thing they’ve done to date, which is to say, it may well be the best thing ANYONE does this year. They should be very proud. -Jamie Comer
The songs were uploaded in 24 bit .aiff format (a first for us) so any download quality you choose should be quite good...(including the original 24 bit .aiff files!!!)
When we reach $4000 in sales we intend to produce a small run (100) vinyl edition...
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