Writing this blog has had a profound impact on my awareness of the talent that continues to emerge from this tiny country. It sometimes astounds me. Part of it is the democratization of technology which has liberated what might previously have been suppressed. But there is also something else I have alluded to in previous posts. The environment here, although not completely benign, is still pretty supportive for those who want to just 'be themselves' artistically. I had not heard of Daniel McBride prior to this week. Of course he has only been on this planet 19 years or so, so maybe that's not surprising. But considering in his limited lifespan he has already released an EP called "Ablutophobia" that made it into the pages of Italian Vogue and The Guardian's (UK) music blog, and is about to tour Europe with the same guys who toured Sigur Ros, Antony & the Johnsons and Cocorosie, there is quite a lot to be impressed by. He has recently signed with Lil' Chief Records. They might just have got themselves a corker here. Although it is just this single I have heard so far, it hints at someone with a talent sitting at parity with artists like James Blake. Daniel writes, performs, records and produces all the parts here. He plays 8 or 9 instruments on the new album (also called "Egospect") from which this single hails. Daniel says the album "is essentially an inspection of myself" with " a lot of angst and worries and fears". This single though is more optimistic and looks to "the future and being excited - still scared and worried but also excited and hopeful and happy". He has reason to be optimistic. I have provided a link to Lil' Chief Records below where you can pre-order the new album which is scheduled to be released August 23rd. The video is directed by Ali Burns by the way. So appropriate to the material.
Sheep, Dog & Wolf - Egospect