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darling one year [2004]

darling one year [2004]. New Zealand [kiwi] independent folk/singer/songwriter Daniel Gannaway.   Tracklist:
01 - Darling one year
02 - Student debt sucks
03 - Julie
04 - Gotta drive
05 - In the North Sea
06 - Laughing free
07 - Chain
08 - See the light
09 - Ecstasy lovers
10 - A small thankyou
Daniel Gannaway: darling one year


Daniel Gannaway

darling one year

Daniel Gannaway's latest offering darling one year is an emotional roller coaster of intense, indie folk/rock, with the slightest hint of electronica.

Recorded in Amsterdam and London, and finished in New Zealand, darling one year comes loaded with solid lyrics, great bass playing courtesy of Michael Brennan [the Feds, Seven Dials] and drum influence by Stan Leboy. Combine this with varied influences such as the 4AD Records stable and New Zealand's own indie rock scene, and you’ve got one remarkable album. Some songs start out folk and end up rocking, others just stay folk, Gannaway's acoustic guitar always constant, winding through distorted vocals, effected guitars, drums and looped sounds.

This album travels further along that path his previous album Bound and Suburban started upon.

A welcome new chapter in this talented singer songwriter’s ongoing story.

Previous quotes:

"...[Bound and Suburban] like walking alone on the beach at night and seeing Jim Morrison and Jeff Buckley strumming and singing at the water’s edge..." - Indie-Music

"...these tracks [Bound and Suburban] could well have been written by the love child of David Kilgour, especially (and use your imagination here) if the other 'parent' was David Byrne (Talking Heads)..." - NZ Musician Magazine

"...Herein lies the essence of Bootlegged at the Temple: simply an audience, a musician, and a quiet venue... - no hype... In context with Daniel's previous two albums - FINE BY ME and flashback* - and subsequent release 'Bound and Suburban', 'Bootlegged' is a departure, which provides the listener a greater perspective on all of his work. Bootlegged is a great live album, which, over time, becomes as much a voyage of discovery and inspiration for the listener as for the musician himself." - Justin Walsh


Review of darling one year @ Indie-Music

Reviews: Daniel Gannaway ~ darling one year
Posted on Saturday, December 04, 2004 @ 08:01:43 EST
Topic: Reviews

Artist: Daniel Gannaway

CD: darling one year

Home: New Zealand

Style: Suburban Folkster

Quote: "Pioneering instrumentation insists on nothing but the freshest ingredients
           while still calling to mind the generation’s pop titans."

By Genevieve Will

Daniel Gannaway’s album, darling one year, feels the closest to a good trip as any I’ve had recently. Down to earth and laid back, it has none of the musical tension of trying too hard or the injection of false emotions. Suburban folky and bohemian chic, it ties up agreeably layered and distorted vocals into an angst-ridden, quirky pop as catchy as The Strokes but easily as mysteriously engaging as James Keenan Maynard. Infusing his genre-jumping style with a bit of electronic sound only adds to the distinctive vibe flowing throughout darling one year, and the inherently diverse nature of the album doesn’t stop there. This surfer boy has managed to ride a wave deeper than most and doesn’t seem to worry about finding another when this catch is over.

A natural Viagra for the sterile music environment enveloping the current scene, Gannaway’s pioneering instrumentation insists on nothing but the freshest ingredients while still calling to mind the generation’s pop titans like Beck’s Sea Changes or perhaps a darkened Jamiroquoi. Effortless transitions from heavy to light, such as the ever so pleasant ones in “Julie,” preserve quality taste of songs like a spanking new Tupperware container. Glaringly uncomplicated guitar playing positioned nearly unintelligibly over many more sheets of the same, opposite complimentary bass by Michael Brennan and some truly excellent percussion and “looping stuff” from Stan Leboy make the album a surprising delivery from a singer songwriter.

And while on the singer songwriter note, one should probably be able to sing a little; Gannaway’s no exception. Lingering somewhere between Beck’s sometimes dour humming and a Jeff Buckley-Daniel Lanois crooning competition, Gannaway lives up to all of his inspirations and others’ with an unperturbed swaying intonation easy on any ears.

This New Zealander proves his prowess in the songwriting realm as well. Although sometimes on the dark side, he evinces no qualms about titling songs “Student Debt Sucks,” and the like. The aforementioned song has a gloomier side, of course, but is not without humor. While repetition ultimately helps establish a setting for his songs, Gannaway’s refrains do tend to get a little lengthy, resulting in a mildly droning end to some tracks. Still, with lines like “you say my god has treated me like a cheap one time fling,” how can you resist?

Check out this fling (and he’s worth more than one time).


Review of darling one year @ NZ Musician Magazine

Although this album is somewhat avante-garde, it's not in the 'huh?' kind of way that leaves you scratching your head in confusion. Falling in the category of indie folk-rock to a certain extent, this is music that carves out its own flavour, sometimes morphing genres within one song. Instrumentation centres around Gannaway's capable acoustic guitar, augmented by Mike Brennan's bass, and drums and loops by Stan Leboy providing a passing nod of acknowledgement to the grooves of electronica. Although something of an international effort [London and Amsterdam feature in the credits], Auckland's West Coast [muse of many] namely Muriwai beach gets a mention. The lyrical matter covers and array of topics, ranging from the standard relationships, to the blight of student debt in the not-at-all-enigmatically titled Student Debt Sucks. While standing proud as "truly independent music", 'Darling One Year' doesn't compromise in production quality, and what has resulted, is a well crafted album that takes some innovative and unexpected turns.
-Tim Page

>> Link to NZ Musician Magazine's website


Review of darling one year @ theLogBook

If you need evidence that there's still a "wandering minstrel," for lack of a better term, out there in the increasingly studio-bred world of music, allow me to present Daniel Gannaway as proof that the breed's not extinct. The New Zealand-based musician logged studio time for his latest album in London, Amsterdam, and NZ itself, all while working the road as a gigging musician. What has emerged from that work is darling one year, a tasty masterpiece of low-key mood that picks up the best stylistic experiments of his previous album and runs with them.

Of that previous album, I remember saying that Gannaway needed someone to hit the skins for him, and indeed on this outing he's assembled a nice little group of fellow musicians to fill out the sound with some real live drums and bass. Gannaway's voice, often processed and a bit ethereal, wafts over the proceedings - if anything, the best example on Bound Of Suburban to which I could compare darling one year's vocals would be Achilles, where it sounded like the vocals were being driven through a flange pedal; in some cases on darling one year's heavier numbers, the vocals sound like they're going through a guitar distortion pedal or some similar effect, and while the effects are never out of place with the songs, every once in a while it makes it a little hard to hear what's actually being sung.

And that's really my only quibble (and it's a small one at that) with darling one year, because the lyrics are worth hearing - they're often pointed and topical. The title track takes a first-person view of the oscurity of being an independent musician, and there's no Bon Jovi waffle about riding a steel horse to be found here, but there's no regret or bitterness to it either. Student Debt Sucks is funny and yet has a bubbling-just-under-a-boil rant going at the same time, with a great lyrical turn of phrase in "lending you astray." Lyrically, the best song on here by miles is Chain, railing against bigotry and war and offering a philosophical comment about how every life is essentially a string of one-on-one encounters of one kind or another, any one of which could break said chain. See The Light offers a wry commentary on door-to-door evangelism (and here I thought that was a uniquely American phenomenon). And bookending things nicely, the last track, A Small Thankyou, is exactly as advertised.

darling one year is some excellent music that, hopefully, can get a wider audience by word-of-mouth. Daniel Gannaway's unique style of filtering folk influences through modern recording techniques makes for quite a compelling listen, and it certainly doesn't hurt that he writes some damn good songs too. I'm pretty sure I said this about his previous release too, but I'll repeat it here - if you only indulge in one independent release this year, darling one year would make a fine pick.

Earl Green - editor - theLogBook


Review of darling one year @ Splendid Magazine

New Zealand's Daniel Gannaway has been releasing albums since 1998, accumulating praise for his melodically laid-back compositions. His relaxedness is no surprise -- he's a surfer and quite a nomad, having lived in London, Amsterdam and upstate New York. Darling One Year deftly balances orthodoxy and experimentation. The former surfaces mostly in the songwriting, while the latter comes up in the production. Gannaway is one of those artists who isn't afraid to go all out in the studio; he lays on the effects and overdubs with a trowel, onstage translation be damned. These are occasionally distracting (the title track could've used a touch less distortion on the vocals) but usually quite effective; the same track also features a harmonica that's actually not annoying. Gannaway has a harmonious yet rather conversational voice, for which he devises engagingly familiar melodies. His lyrics are pretty, though not overly remarkable, and further effaced by his indolent singing style... but he conveys a dry humor with songs like "Student Debt Sucks". Like many singer/songwriters, Gannaway is at his best during more contemplative numbers, like the lovely "In the North Sea" or the meandering "Julie", in which a sex-charged rhythm complements subtle electronic bleeps and phased guitar and vocals. His attempts at rocking out tend to stray more toward radioland. Ironically, the disc's most Dave Matthews-like track begins with the line "Do we have to do this conventionally?" And while Darling One Year's production is inventive, it's often overambitious, resulting in an unpolished feel.

Daniel Gannaway is a talented guy with a problem: he's too unassuming to be edgy, but his avant-gardeness is a bit too obvious for him to appeal to the Dockers-clad masses. Still, there are a lot of people with the taste to appreciate a hummable tune that sounds a little bit different. With a slightly tighter rein on his songwriting and the ability to fully sparkle up his interesting recording ideas, Gannaway could win a lot of hearts.

>> Link to Splendid Magazine's website


Review of darling one year @ NZ Surfing Magazine

Daniel Gannaway's third [actually it's his 5th but at truly independent we're happy for the press :]
full-length player is now available. As you may know Dan is a fine surfer having been somewhat of a junior surf star as a teenager growing up on Auckland's North Shore. Dan has spent the last decade travelling the globe, alternating residency between New York, London, Amsterdam and the AK. The travelled surfer turned his talent to music about six years ago, this release moves away from his lo-fi, acoustic base to a more 'produced' sound, his lyrics remaining deeply personal.

>> Link to NZ Surfing Magazine's website


Review of darling one year @ SHE Magazine's Soundtrack Selector

This folk/rock-based album by New Zealand artist Daniel Gannaway doesn't hit you round the head - it seduces. At times his voice is very intimate and emotional, at others a little distant, with the odd splash of electronica thrown in for colour. Shadowy and atmospheric, it's the product of a thoughtful songwriter.


Review of darling one year @ All About Surf Magazine

>> For the AllAboutSurf review click here.

darling one year - a music review
by Steve Ackerman

Daniel Gannaway revisited...

When it comes to music I usually tend to lean towards the harder side for my musical enjoyment. Since the late 70's I have consistently enjoyed hard rock, alternative and heavy metal. The 80's and 90's were no different. I have noticed that lately, mainstream American and UK music have become stale these last 5-10 years leaving me wanting something more. Last year, it was in the July '03 issue of AllAboutSurf that I heard Xavier Rudd, and I was blown away. Here was a young Australian musician with an energetic sound and style that sparked an evolution in my life.

I had never heard or wanted to hear anything I wasn't already accustomed to. Kind of like a kid who doesn't eat vegetables. It wasn't because they tried it and didn't like it but because it wasn't meat. Where is the beef? I realize now that I had been ignorant and closed-minded. That was then and this is now!

I have been blown away recently by all of the great new sounds I'm hearing. Stuff from the furthest reaches of the world. I still can't believe how much I had been missing all these years. Lately, I have been looking closely at alot of independent artists out there, and man, there is alot of great sounds coming at me. With the advancements of the Internet and the electronic frontier, the web has become an immense new vehicle for the spread of fresh and innovative ear candy just waiting to be heard...

This brings me to Daniel Gannaway. I first heard of Daniel when we were putting together our darling one year [2004] AllAboutSurf June '04 issue earlier this year. I had the privilege of chatting with him and listening to all of his albums during our production. I found him to be a gifted, down-to-earth individual with an extraordinary talent for songwriting. He has a genuine ability to pour his thoughts, his views and his feelings deep into his music and it is simply inspirational. His music has an intense indie folk/rock melodic harmony and is written in a way that makes you think about the message he is sending rather than cramming it down your throat. Daniel's songs are written about concepts that affect the world that surrounds all of us including love, people, politics, the environment and much, much more... His music, as I said is truly ear candy at it's finest.

 Photo by Glen Reeves - MaoriBay Daniel Gannaway grew up in Gisborne, Auckland in Aotearoa [New Zealand]. Growing up in New Zealand, Daniel and his friends were into many different genres of music. From the Stones to Led Zep, Pink Floyd to Dylan, Cat Stevens to Joni Mitchell, he enjoyed just about anything that played. During the '90s Daniel spent much of his time traveling to many places around the globe. "I lived in the UK and Amsterdam back before any musical inclination. I've traveled a bunch, though not always for music. Now when I look at the influence that all the travel has had on my music, it has permeated into the way in which I view the world, I see that things have a way of coming around."

When he decided to pick up the guitar, he was living with friends in Upstate New York. He was learning to play to music from bands like U2, Dave Mathews, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains... Daniel was quick to note, "It was hopeless, I was just ruining peoples ears, I gave that up and started junking around with my own writing, little ditties. I mean I'd been writing stuff, y'know train of thought stuff for a while by then."

Pic: Kat Raven "It was my friend Richard that dragged me from my room in Sydney, pushing me to play anywhere I could, even in front of people in living rooms. FINE BY ME [1998] came out of those experiences really."

One of Daniel's first public appearance was at the Temple Bar in Auckland, NZ, almost at the same time
FINE BY ME was released. He remembers the event vividly, "I was nervous, I was sick beforehand. I have to thank Myles for pushing me into that first Temple gig, and Karen [owner of now closed down Temple Bar] who asked me to play again. It was a shame that the Temple had to close due to Noise Control. I wrote a song called Inner City Temples in protest [a free download on my website]."

"When I last returned to Europe, it was because I had a graphic design job in Amsterdam. This tied in wonderfully with me wanting a change of scene for inspiration and for playing live again after kind of disappearing pre Bound and Suburban [2001]."

"Europe is an amazing place. I nearly recorded an album for Italy with an italian producer, certainly we were on the way. It's still basically a go ahead - just temporarily on pause. I think it will happen. People there are so passionate, it can take you aback a little. I mean I come from a country which kind of, I don't know... it's got a strange attitude sometimes. Sort of a 'tall poppy' thing, actually 'F**k the gardeners' from flashback [1999] is about that, yet we've got so many talented people. I think it's changing, New Zealand is recognizing it's worth."

darling one year - art -  Photo by Dharlia Gannaway "Right now, I've not played live since London. Just getting out darling one year has been a huge feat. I still struggle with nerves to play music live. It's prevented me from being more out 'there' in the live scene. It's something I'm working on."

Daniel filled me in on some of his favorite spots, "I would have to say 12 Bar Club in London, just the chimney alone is like 1600s or something. Club Acoustica in Sydney was so much about the performer, a quiet room y'know. Another cool place in Sydney was the Hopetown where I once opened for Carla Werner, she has an amazing live presence. A place in northern Italy I can't remember, in Cortina d'Ampezzo, it was madness, set up by my friend Martino. He taught me some italian, always saying I didn't sing xmas carols ha! And the snowboarding... I have to include the Temple, because Karen provided such a great environment for musicians and poets in Auckland and NZ."

"I also remember playing support on two nights for Tony Joe White at The Power Station, big sound, he was so laid back and cool onstage. I took my godmother to meet him after 'cause she was a huge fan. It was amazing just to be able to do that."

Lately Gannaway has been expanding his music palette, "I've got Uncut's 'Summer of Motown' on repeat. Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross etc. Just awesome, Detroit Motor Town, what an era. I love Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald, I love just about any blues. I dig Kelly Joe Phelps, Lucinda Williams and Ani Difranco."

 Photo by Peter Morse - Mangamanu And the list goes on, "I love Tool, Helmet and Porno for Pyros. My wife just introduced me to a bunch of Hawaiian music, like Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, plus Spoon and Pinback. I've got some crazy stuff by Sheila Chandra and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. I love electronic music, that's why I loved living in Amsterdam and going out to music there, 4am jumping around, crazy sounds happening. I'm a headphone freak so the electronic aspect is big to me. There's too much... I mean there's so much great music out there, by listing some, I miss others so worthy."

"Music is so cool y'know. It's like surfing. You've got all these crazy wayward talented people a part of it. It's just this rich fabric. So much creativity that sometimes it gets lost for awhile, and then later we rediscover it and go, 'how come we missed this?'"

 Photo by Richard Freeman - Australian Sunrise I have been blessed, having had the chance to get to know Daniel, to learn what drives his talent. Since, I have listened to his albums with a great deal more appreciation and on a deeper level than before, especially his first album, FINE BY ME and the fourth, Bound and Suburban. The other discs are great as well but these two were my personal favorites.

Every time I listen to his music, I find myself immersed in the rhythm. I find myself tapping my feet and wailing along (I only wish I could sing). No matter what kind of mood I'm in or what he is singing about, my spirits are instantly uplifted. His music provides a sense of warmth and energy to anyone willing to listen. The songs have a way of drawing you into them and providing true inspiration to your soul. Your senses begin to soar with this intense energy that wasn't there just a few moments before.

"It's like walking alone on the beach at night and seeing Jim Morrison and Jeff Buckley strumming and singing at the water's edge." -- Jennifer Layton, Indie-Music.com

I could not agree more with Jennifer on that note...

I was totally stoked when Daniel emailed AllAboutSurf to let us know about his latest release. I was excited to listen to his newest masterpiece. Just a few days ago, it arrived. I quickly ripped the package open and shoved it into the CD player, I tell you, I haven't taken it out of my CD player since. It was incredible, he has really done it again. Another work of art to add to his long resume of accomplished works and he just keeps getting better with each one. So many artists release good albums then flop when they try to top it. Daniel Gannaway just keeps raising the bar with each and every release, to him the sky is the limit, and I really think he'll get there.

 Photo by Richard Freeman - La Seine Paris The Press Release that accompanied the CD says: "Daniel Gannaway's latest offering, darling one year [2004] is an emotional roller coaster of intense, indie folk/rock, with the slightest hint of electronica." I thought that was a very good, yet brief summary of the album. It is however, definitely an accurate statement. I'll go over the new album a bit deeper for you...

Darling one year was recorded in Amsterdam and London and completed in New Zealand earlier this year. Daniel has had an extensive knee injury for part of this year, as a result, it has really given him the opportunity to immerse himself into his music. Bass player, Michael Brennan [the Feds, and Seven Dials] accompanied Daniel along with the percussionist, Stan Leboy on this magnificent darling one year journey.

 Photo by CT - HalfMoon, London 2002 "Gannaway's acoustic guitar is always constant, winding through distorted vocals, effected guitars, drums and looped sounds" in each of the new songs. "A welcome new chapter in this talented singer songwriter's ongoing story." The strong indie folk/rock influence is clear and present and the flood of emotion Daniel has put into each these songs, make this release a fresh and very much welcomed musical offering. This, coupled with the intensity of the lyrics, you really get a sense of just how much of himself that he really has put into this album. I definitely have a new favorite in my collection.

This is the part of the article I that found to be the most difficult, each and every one of these songs I found to be a monument in itself. A perfect blend of lyrics, emotion and rhythm in each one. 'Student debt sucks', 'Gotta drive', 'Laughing free', 'See the light' and 'A small thankyou' are the songs on the album that are charged and sure to get your feet moving and the blood pumping.

 Photo by Dharlia Gannaway - Muriwai Use these tunes with caution, the first time I listened to them, I had headphones on. After a while I looked around, I found that I had an audience (yet another one of my most embarrassing moments)... 'Darling one year', 'Chain' and 'Ecstasy lovers' start off gently, gradually gaining momentum, with a rocking rhythm near the end sure to get you moving... The last group of songs on the album to mention, 'Julie', 'In the North Sea' are softer songs, perfect for winding things down and setting the mood... I've listened to this album dozens of times now, just trying to decide which songs I liked best. I have to say, honestly this is just one of those albums that every song fits in that category in one way or another...

If your looking for some refreshing new music for the soul, I whole-heartedly recommend this album as a must have for your collection.

Steve Ackerman
All About Surf


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