These dudes need a nickname. Anyway, last week we put up David Karsten Daniels and Fight the Big Bull's video for "Smoke," and are now pleased to see a full album stream of the collaboration between the Virginia jazz-ish group and the California acoustic whatever songwriter. The music ventures out on all types of limbs here, French brass, free jazz, country, straight up American indie rock. The album's lyrics are all from Henry David Thoreau's writing and thus the vibe is split in two: 1. Outdoor landscapes are beautiful and 2. One day you will die and it will be beautiful. Occasionally they meet, like on album closer, "Epitaph on the World," a heavily despondent track and great closer. Honestly, it's pretty unbelievable that with such lofty goals this album is not super corny. It's actually really rad.
June 21, 2010