Dan is a proper storyteller. Raised on Bruce Springsteen, it shows. His songs have the detail and intimacy of The Felice Brothers at their finest. His strong narratives harbour a darkness akin to Townes Van Zandt. His voice is a mixture of yearning and insistent. It's like Richmond Fontaine went out for a beer with The Band and they both came out the better for it.
The thread of the rambling man runs through his work in the same way it runs through the man himself. He's lived in London, Toronto, Amsterdam and Haarlem, and toured all over the world. He got good at leaving and he got good at writing about it. Last year he opened for the great C.W Stoneking in Europe. These are traveling songs, songs about being lost, living hard, living free and dying; singer-songwriter stuff but the harder kind.
At first listen, “Never Settle” is an outstanding collection of dark, alt-folk, story-songs with a restless cast of misfit characters; hobos, murderers, daredevils, and lovers. But after a few listens you start to understand that all these protagonists, for all their faults, are searching for truth. Something that the artist, himself, has spent his whole adult life on the road trying to find.
In the opening track, “Lord, Have Mercy on a Rambling’ Man”, he is begging to be forgiven his evils. Through a series of twists and turns and hard lessons learned, he reconciles on the final track, that “you can’t find your own way if you ain’t got lost”.
With the help of Joar de Baat and Tom Radsma of acclaimed Dutch bands, Mantra and Nemsis, Dan German has created something here that feels both fresh and familiar. Something ethereal & emotional, rooted in Outlaw. As if Phoebe Bridgers was dancing on the mixing desk with the ghost of Townes Van Zandt.
The production is perfect. It was mastered by four-time Grammy winner and 11-time Grammy nominee, Darcy Proper. She said this of this album: “On first listen, what struck me as special about this album was the storytelling quality. The vocals feel natural and courageous, the character in each song immediately becomes real to the listener - not always a “good guy” but always interesting. The overall production serves the music perfectly - simple and raw, professional quality that hasn’t had the life polished out of it and lets the story shine through”.
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