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Ethan Daniel Davidson — Come Down Lonesome
(Bandcamp Blue Arrow Records no#, 2020, CD/DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2020-11-28

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Come Down Lonesome is one strange album. On one hand it is a collection of Americana songs either covered by or written by Detroit singer-songwriter Ethan Daniel Davidson. And on the other hand it is a set of sonic landscapes that cover his performance in a psychedelic haze presenting familiar songs in a brand new way. The album kicks off with Reverand Gary Davis’ “Death Don’t Have No Mercy,” with distorted electric guitar feedback and megaphone vocals. Very off-the-wall, but it works! Then there is the industrial treatment of the old cowboy song “Leaving Cheyenne.” You still want to sing along, though the sound is otherworldly. The third track is “Louis Collins,” with revving engines, droning vocals, and white noise making for a very haunting song. “Turkle Dove” is a bizarre and moody acid folk song that made me think of the soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou? Mixed in with all of these songs is a cover of Bob Dylan’s “I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine,” but in a way you would never imagine. Industrial metallic textures, feedback, and crystal clear vocals. The title track features Ethan’s falsetto, drawing comparisons to Neil Young. Ethan’s music will take you on a long strange trip far beyond Detroit, through our musical past, dealing with mortality, myth, unrequited love, and loneliness. So, if you are in the mood for something familiar, yet completely different, check out Come Down Lonesome.

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