Daniel Martin Moore shifts musical gears on ‘Golden Age’

DanielMartinMoore1-DePedroAnguila1_442‘Golden Age’
Daniel Martin Moore (Sofaburn)
3.5 stars out of 5

My first exposure to Daniel Martin Moore came in 2010 when he teamed up with cellist Ben Sollee for the terrific full-length “Dear Companion.” My appreciation for Moore’s work — he’s a first-rate songwriter and guitar player — was cemented a year later with the released of “In the Cool of the Day,” a folk-and gospel-tinged affair that I enjoyed far more than I expected to going in.

Daniel Martin Moore CDLatest album “Golden Age” represents a sonic shift for Moore. There’s as much emphasis on piano as guitar on the 10-track, 37-minute release. The songs here are mellow and laid back, and it might take a few spins to fully appreciate the record.

“We wanted a bigger sound — full band treatment, strings, outer-space and less guitar,” says Moore, who co-produced the album with My Morning Jacket’s Jim James. “It was Jim’s suggestion that we start each song from the perspective of the drums and bass, finding the right foundation, and then seeing how the rest of the instrumentation would fit into that. In the past, it had very much been the other way around — everything was based around what my guitar was up to. We turned that on its head for this record.”

The new direction is evident from the outset, with the opening tandem of the title track and “Our Hearts Will Hover.” Additional standouts include Sign of Life” “To Make It True,” “On Our Way Home” and set closer “How It Fades.” Good stuff. (Jeffrey Sisk)

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