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To know Denver Dalley, is to love him.Read More...
The onetime guitarist from Conor Oberst’s Desaparecidos, and frontman of the hiatal Statistics, has been spending the better part of the last decade touring the globe and leaving a trail of close friendships in his wake. Incredibly kind and lacking the aloof pretension that most musicians flaunt, Dalley has established an army of devoted friends and followers everywhere he goes. INTRAMURAL is proof of this.
Over four years in the making, This Is A Landslide, is the work of Dalley and co-producer Sam Shacklock. The two became friends in 1998, while Dalley was finishing high school in Tennessee. A few years later they began to collaborate on an electronic music project. According to Dalley, things started quickly, “We tracked my songs almost exclusively in different home bedroom studio set-ups, and I even recorded one of the songs (“Rocket”) in a college dorm room. Wanting to further collaborate and explore, I asked a few friends to sing on some tracks.”
Sounds simple enough, and from there, it just snowballed. Well-known singers came and went over the years, and as the songs evolved and improved under the close care of Dalley and Shacklock, so did the finished project. While it took a long time to actually take its final form, This Is A Landslide adds a much welcomed vocal variety and personal warmth to the all-too-cold genre of electronic music. From the downright epic choruses courtesy of The Pink Spiders’ Matt Fricton on “My My, Tennessee” to the smoky cool of Twilight Singer’s Greg Dulli soulful moan on the title track, the guest vocalists of This Is A Landslide make themselves at home on each and every track. The genre confines are quickly blurred with the swirling electronic foundation of Intramural, as each vocalist customizes their individual song to fit their singing style.