Former Breton Multi-Instrumentalist Daniel Alexander Unveils ‘Unfree EP’
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“The greatness from Daniel Alexander comes from his raw and often brutal sense of honesty, almost poetically wrapped up in his brilliant ability to pen melodic pop songs.” METRO
“a sultry delivery and ear for production that might remind listeners of James Blake or Stampa” The 405
South-London multifaceted artist Daniel Alexander releases his debut EP ‘Unfree’, out on 24th November via rising French label Maison Ainsi. Following on the recently released singles; the Clash-acclaimed ‘DOUBLEGLAZEDGAZEDOWN’, The Independent-approved ‘The Gulf’ and the newest ‘Separatehood’, the poignant singer-songwriter received praise from the likes of Metro with ‘Artist of The Day’, The 405 and picked up playlists and plays at radio including Amazing Radio, Huw Stephens’ BBC Radio 1, Zane Lowe’s Beats and John Kennedy’s Radio X.
Throughout the 5-track EP, the forward-thinking songwriter disassembles the idea of pop music as we know it, building songs structures by focusing on the lyrics as if they were “notes from the inside of a damaged machine”, as he explains talking about the solemn opening track ‘DOUBLEGLAZEDGAZEDOWN’. With influences bending post-rock, IDM and alt-R&B into internalised 21st-century protest blues, Daniel Alexander’s songwriting process is closer to spoken word artists such as Gil Scott Heron and Kate Tempest.
Second track ‘The Gulf’ is the perfect example of Daniel’s blending of sparse production around lyrics and chord progressions. Closing track ‘the moments u had but were never at’ –premiered on Zane Lowe‘s Beats 1 – contains a sample of the crowd at a Black Lives Matter rally, is a tale about civil rights struggles. Taking few steps back, ‘Chinooks’, previously included on the Killing Moon compilation ‘New Moons Vol. VI’, is a social commentary alluding to the subject matter of the title.
His subtly spoken political advocacy is cleverly depicted in the documentary-style visuals accompanying the lead single ‘Separatehood’. Directed and edited by Daniel himself, the video deals “with the results of our debilitating individualism on a daily basis”, he explains, “organised religion offers spiritual guidance for the collective, yet it is often complicit in the crimes of those in glass cathedrals, of those in high office.”
The former member of a band, which, after two album releases on one the UK’s most celebrated independent labels, were on the verge of mainstream success, Daniel Alexander’s recent output has developed from a type of dissenting isolation to toward something broader and more embracing. His early solo efforts also include ‘Trains’ – released on Yuksek’s label Partyfine compilation ‘Partyfine – Vol.2’.
With his live credentials already including a performance at this year’s Mirrors festival, a memorable set at Winter Camp Festival last year, as well as supporting mighty post-rockersKlangstof in Paris, Daniel will open for Local Natives’ Kelcey Ayer solo project as Jaws of Love. EU and UK tour in 2018, Daniel Alexander is set to become a real force to be reckoned with.
Jan 27th – Pratchtwerk – Berlin, Germany – w/ Jaws of Love
Jan 30th – Nest – Gent, Belgium – w/Jaws of Love
Jan 31st – Le Pop Up-Du Label – Paris, France – w/ Jaws of Love
Feb 2nd – Moth Club – London, UK – w/ Jaws of Love