Manchester, UK-based Danny Addison is a multi-instrumentalist who creates “retro-fitted, neo-classical folk”. For his debut EP Colour Songs, Addison wrote and sang all four songs; he also played guitar and strings. The result is a lush--almost cinematic--set that evokes the good old days of well-produced, melodic pop music.
Addison describes Colour Songs as “a melancholic reflection on the causes of infatuation and resentment.” For sure, but these are beautiful tracks. From the opening burst of strings on “Joy,” we know we’re in for a treat. The silky-smooth, waltz-like track makes me think of a make-out session, not a breakup! The pre-coda string parts are melodic, intricate and an aural treat.
“Marigold,” up next, strips it back a bit. Turn down the lights and snuggle closer as Addison starts with just his vocal, accompanied by acoustic guitar. Layers of sweet strings and backing vocals mix in later, with a perfect piano countermelody.
The third track “If the Sun Sells Her Soul” follows a similar arrangement to “Joy”: strings and a lovely picked guitar figure. Cameron Easton adds drums to give the track a bit more motion, and a chance for a slow dance.
“Colour Songs,” the final track, evokes a jazz standard. Here Addison plays a clean electric guitar under a smoky vocal. Refill the wine glasses and close the deal. I suggest, though, that you just enjoy Addison’s voice, and don’t sing along with the lyrics (“I can’t make you understand / that although I hold your hand / I feel as soulless as the sand”) unless you’re working the emotionally-damaged-yet-sensitive vibe.
I played Colour Songs over and over. These are beautiful songs, expertly arranged and executed. Give this EP a spin and allow Danny Addison to transport you through his lush soundscape.
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