Thursday, July 3, 2014

"Burning Hearts" from Dan Michaelson & The Coastguards

Those who have followed Dan Michaelson's career may be of the opinion that songs of optimism and happiness don't come naturally to the British musician.  If so, they will be surprised by "Burning Hearts", the latest offering from Dan Michaelson & The Coastguards.  Grounded by Dan's compellingly gritty baritone, which happily reminds me of Calvin Johnson of Beat Happening, the song features a couple that resolves to stay together no matter what happens.  The positive theme is fused with an upbeat tune and a breezy, jangling arrangement, and if Dan isn't careful it may give him a reputation as a hopeful romantic.

"Burning Hearts" will be available August 4, while Distance, the new album from Dan Michaelson & The Coastguards, will be available August 18 via The State51 Conspiracy label.  The Coastguards for the recording were Romeo Stodart (bass), Henry Spenner (drums), Laurie Earle (guitar/piano), Horse (guitar/pedal steel), Gabriel Stebbing (cello), and Johnny Flynn (violin).

Previously, Dan was a member of Absentee, which released five country-tinged indie rock albums in the '00s.  Distance will be his fourth album with The Coastguards.

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