Exposé Online banner

Danielson — Ships
(Secretly Canadian SC-103, 2006, CD)

by Cesar Montesano, Published 2007-03-01

Ships Cover artAn erstwhile aberrant choir of miscreants, stumbling over themselves to get their operatic avant-garde leaning message out, might seem daunting at first. Sure, initially there will be a short sharp uptick to accustom and accept the fact that this is how the thing is done at the outset. Once strapped in, though, it's like a ferry ride through a carnival. Freaked vocals in a higher register bumble unabashedly down a bed of acoustic-led tumult. Niche like the kitsch of Tiny Tim, loads more palatable, yet no less nutty. If you like bouncing off the walls with glee and revelry as a time-shifting escape, this is the stuff for you. High spirits abound through the tracks being played with the reckless abandon of childhood. It is easy to say that nothing else sounds quite like this vacillating anomaly. It is continuously darting back and forth from one fellow setting his tunes to the ground to him being joined by a gaggle of others to relish the feisty conditions of romper room and succeed with the pride of young adults making coherent songs together. This is happy music and there is no doubt whatsoever that the bunch is having a grand time in producing and presenting it. A swollen cavalcade of humorous smiles shall forever accompany the playing of this album. A friend, encountering the unruly creature of Danielson, sprawling across his speakers, paid it little mind. A couple weeks later, he was totally hooked. Could happen to you too, total grower.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 34, 2006 releases

Related artist(s): Danielson

Latest news

2018-10-17
Eurock Documentary Seeks Funding – We've been fans and fellow travelers with Archie Patterson and his Eurock project on the journey to discover great music. After many years of promoting and trying to spread the word,a new phase is beginning: a documentary film. Things like this don't just happen, and money does not magically appear to make it happen, so it's up to the fans to get it done. » Read more

2018-09-29
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more

2018-09-25
Help the Psychic Equalizer Avoid Extinction – Last year we reviewed the debut album by Psychic Equalizer, a musical project of Hugo Selles. He's now working on the ambitious follow-up to that release, and is seeking funding from listeners around the world. » Read more

2018-09-05
Krautrock Documentary Seeks Funding – The next installment of the Progressive Warriors documentary series will focus on the vast body of music that falls under the banner of "krautrock." As most of our readers will know, previous films have tackled RIO and the Canterbury scene, as well as what we might call "mainstream" prog rock. » Read more

2018-07-31
Tomasz Stańko RIP – Tomasz Stańko, one of the greats of Eastern European jazz, has died at the age of 76. Stańko's career started in Krzysztof Komeda's quintet, where he contributed trumpet from 1963-1967, when he formed his own group. He worked extensively with Edward Vesala, Don Cherry, Zbigniew Seifert, Chico Freeman, Howard Johnson, Cecil Taylor, and many others. Many of his recordings have been released by ECM, an association that began in the mid-70s. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic - The Iridium Controversy – This new offering from my favorite prehistoric animal noise group certainly lives up to the high standards of their previous releases, and over the long term may turn out to be one of my favorites. As...  (2003) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues