Thursday, January 8, 2009

Daniel Ledwell

With a voice of quiet assurance and melancholy musicality, Daniel Ledwell offers a first album of original songs, Two Over Seven - seven songs about the bad, bad things that happen to our hearts. Ledwell layers the simple melodies and clean musical lines of his folk- and country-inflected indie pop songs with the expected guitar, supplemented by the evocative tones of instruments from lap steel to banjo, from glockenspiel to cello and keyboard to trumpet. In true indie fashion, Ledwell played and recorded all these elements himself. The orchestral mix creates a sound that moves the melodies beyond their alt-country roots. A native of Prince Edward Island and a graduate of the Fine Arts program at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, Ledwell is now based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he continues to paint and plays keyboards with acclaimed and award-winning band In-Flight Safety. Ledwell gets the best of both worlds in the happening Halifax indie scene: all the interlaced inspirations of playing in a band, and the freedom and flexibility to explore his own voice in solo work. Dan has performed his original songs with many of the lights of the contemporary East Coast music scene, including Julie Doiron, Jenn Grant, Catherine MacLellan, Tanya Davis, Tyler Messick, and Rose Cousins - whose plangent voice lends backing vocals on Two Over Seven. Daniel Ledwell is signed to Emm Gryner’s Dead Daisy Records (DDR), a label he shares with his bandmates in In-Flight Safety and musical friends such as Emm, Royal Wood and rockers Hot One.


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