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Danny Baxley

Danny Baxley

‘Love Sex Alcohol’ forges not just sharp musicianship; but sharp writing, too. Baxley’s not just out to skewer easy targets, but to express complex truths, and to take a critical look at himself as well. It’s an essential work by an eclectic artist, who blends as much melody as he does dissonance – and essential works are not frozen in perfection but are instead the result of a long creative process involving multiple and even contrasting ideas; sometimes what emerges is a singular definitive vision, as is the case with ‘Love Sex Alcohol’.

The music on “Lose Control” is complex and thickly layered as the vocals switch from intense reverberation to near-field voicings, while the tempo is in constant evolution. “Ithaca” on the other hand introduces catchy guitar and keyboard phrases, which is at once more accessible to listeners, though he does not abstain from adding exciting curves to the arrangement. Baxley’s moody voice takes center stage on “Hey a” prompted by a cleanly strummed guitar and an ever building backing arrangement of strings and drums.

The mixes of the songs are often loud and dirty – and it is not intended for the weak kneed, lily-livered, or hardcore pretenders. What we are listening to on “Love Sex Alcohol” is an artist who is visceral and challenging in his approach. The bass, drums, and alternately the guitar and keyboards are pronounced, depending on the intended mood, and exactly where they should be. It’s a rock album – hence the mixes bring those elements front and center….often louder than you’d expect.

But that’s another one of Baxley’s curiosities. He hardly ever does what you expect. This is not, and never will be, a normal record. This is an extreme record, a personal snapshot of an artist on a mission to find his own lane. This is what many alternative recordings would sound like if only the artists had the balls to be themselves.  The album “Love Sex Alcohol” drops on the 14th of JULY and is already available for pre-order on iTunes.

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