YOU HAVE to say, Daniel Blumberg is one of the absolutely most interesting, unconventional songwriters to emerge on the British scene in many a long year.
His album from a month or two back, On & On, pretty much has it all: confessional, heartfelt beauty; melodic simplicity; outside-the-pocket impro composition, taking the songs right to the edge before reeling them back in again. It’s a beaut.
And today Daniel’s announced a very special remix project: he’s taken the naked candour of “On & On” and proffered it up for retakes by some of the finest of the weird and the wonderful in this great pantheon of song.
Various artists – On & On features diverse interpretations from such artists as Japanese hard psychesters Bo Ningen; former Squirrel Bait, Gastr Del Sol and Bitch Magnet member, and songwriting post-structuralist David Grubbs; Mute kingpin Daniel Miller, Whited Sepulchre sound sculptress Claire Rousay, and others.
Not least of which exalted experimental company is Josephine Foster; and today Daniel’s released his video for her spectral, rootsy take on the song. You can watch it below.
To coincide with, and in promotion of this album of 14 interpretations, Daniel will perform live at Café OTO, Dalston, on Saturday, December 5th, as part of Next Festival, in a quartet with cellist Ute Kanngiesser, violinist Billy Steiger and Tom Wheatley on the double bass.
Various artists – On & On will be released digitally via Bandcamp and on limited edition CD on December 7th; pre-order yours here.