This is so so great - Dan's work always evidences equal parts creative genius and deep care and attention to detail. That the latter never smothers the former is rare. Beautiful experimental guitar music with killer drumming and some brilliant melodies :)
right now, I'm in a crowded bus with families and their children heading out into the forests, leaving the buzz of the city behind. I listen to "it grows on you" over and over again and I start losing myself in that track the more we get into the forest. Even the children are quieter now. I think it grows on them, too ;)
Favorite track: It Grows on You.
This is a rich record full of dynamics, thick grooves, and coruscating soundscapes. I can hear the threads leading back to my previous albums, but in Arc they're woven into some other kind of strange and beautiful tapestry. When I listen to it I get strange visions, that I won't go into here, because hopefully, you will see your own. -Dan
released May 17, 2016
Produced by Dan Phelps
Jim Keltner: drums
James McAlister: drums
Michael Iveson: drums
Jon Evans: bass
Steve Moore: keys and trombone
Dan Phelps: guitar, bass, keys, drums
Strings performed by:
Songa Lee - violin
Jennifer Takamatsu - violin
Steve Zander - violin
Michelle Jade - violin
Erik Arvinder - viola
Mike Whitson - viola
Vanessa Freebairn-Smith - cello
Alisha Bauer - cello
S. Husky Hoskulds at Groundlift, Los Angeles, CA
Jon Evans at Brick Hill Studio, Orleans, MA
Nathaniel Kunkel at Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, CA
Assisted by Morgan Stratton
Francisco Botero at Studio G, Brooklyn, NY
Dan Phelps at Home
Mixed by Joel Hamilton at Studio G, Brooklyn, NY Assisted by Francisco Botero
Mastered by Adam Ayan at Gateway Mastering, Portland, MA
Strings arranged by Roger Joseph Manning Jr.
Strings orchestrated and conducted by Steve Aho
Photography by Cary Norton
Design by Nate Manny at 51 Eggs
Executive Production, Project Management, Travel Coordination, Encouragement, and Partnership by Azurae Phelps
Wonderful! Great to listen to any time/any mood but especially late at night when all is quiet and you're left to peacefully reflect on life. Optimist, the live version, is my favourite song of all time and Hello Night is full of wonder/reminds me of my Love.
Remembrance - wow... each part. Utterly, utterly perfect. Inspiring drums...
Strings Of Light pulls you in from the start, letting you know you're in for a great trip.
Joint 17 is another great track, smooth and funky and exploring around the edges of the groove.
Black Focus is a great opener and Yo Chavez is really nice.
Lowrider... mmm, the theme is bit retro for me, which is fitting - and brilliant playing, of course.
Favourite track: Remembrance Peter Jones