We are very excited to be sharing the full stream of Goodnight Daniel's new self-titled ep Goodnight Daniel here today!
This record is a delightful late-winter listen -- although I suspect it will hold up regardless of the season -- as its predominant language is quiet and spacious. On opener "Mountain," guitarist and singer Brett Jones drives the band in a continuous and slow crescendo that leads to the simmering chorus "drag me up your mountain/ I will be cut up/ tear me to pieces/ I want to be made of your love." Each moment on "Mountain" is a treatise on the delicate balance between Jones' graceful guitar and the impeccable work of Goodnight Daniel's rhythm section, comprised of dummer Daniel Richardson and bassist Garen Dorsey. Theirs is a deeply comfortable relationship and as such the record has the infrastructure of warm blanket, there is never a moment where the listener is not completely swaddled.
"Fade" is the pinnacle of the record, an unceasing and rollicking 2-and-a-half minutes of rock that finds the trio at their most mellifluous. Jones' lyrical songwriting is often in the contemporaneous style of something like confrontational-surrealism; here the line "words are coming through the walls/ you let your head turn/ everyone is staring at the stain on your shirt" sits in relief above the trio, a diaristic moment of self-consciousness, often brief and unmemorable, laid bare. Accented by a periodic Rhodes piano, "Fade" is musically and emotionally a standout on the EP, an exploration of the most assertive Goodnight Daniel gets on the EP.
"You Don't Have To" and "Not Enough" are Jones-driven songs that parlay atmospheric grace with moments of heavy punching. "Not Enough" is an existentialist paean that escalates from mentally spinning tires to rapidly an expansive discursion on understanding, laid over a white-water rapid of guitar. "You Don't Have To" rounds out this phenomenal EP, opening with the most minimal arrangement on the record before similarly exploding into a full blown noise section. Staccato guitar notes hit, backed by Richardson's pointed snare, punctuating a tense environment, all winding up to the final resolution: "you don't have to feel like everyone is gonna die."
There is a lot of thought packed into this 13-minute EP, and I've found it to be endlessly listenable. As I referenced earlier, there is an inherent winter-ness to this record that I can't help but feeling, something like the feeling of the gray sky pressing down on you around 3 in the afternoon, and you can't help thinking about what a world it is. Why is everything so? I don't know, but I take true solace in the idea that maybe I can have a moment in this world where I don't have to feel like everyone is gonna die.
Stream the EP here:
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Thanks for reading, thanks for listening.
- n + t