Dan Tuffy album release show: Letters of Gold
It’s been 3 years since Dan’s 2017 debut solo album “Songs from Dan” which gathered much critical praise and had him busy touring his homeland Australia. Here in the Netherlands he played several major venues including Paradiso, Doornroosje & Tivoli Vredenburg as well as making appearances at a handful of selected festivals. In the meantime, he has worked quietly away on his new album, taking his time to get it just right.
“Letters of Gold” sees a shift away from the story-telling country noir atmosphere of his debut towards a more groove based approach where bass, electronic and percussive elements come to the foreground on a big, rich production canvas. The importance of song nevertheless remains central to the whole thing with Dan’s rich, warm vocal sound bringing it all home. The recording process involved multiple collaborations and file sharing with Dan’s favourite musicians from around the globe including bass players Madelief van Vlijmen and Judith Renkema (The Netherlands), co-producer, midi programmer and sound-scaper Michael Turner (Australia) and multi-instrumentalists Lucie Thorne & Matt Walker, who both appeared on his debut and again play prominent roles here. The result is a modern offbeat and lushly orchestrated earthy sound, sublimely glued together by genius producer/mixer/mastering engineer Zlaya, Dan’s long time go-to compadre when it comes to putting the sheen on records.
There are 9 potent songs on this album, each of them treated vastly differently by those who contributed to them. It has nevertheless been welded into a solid, single piece of work. The opening tune “Sandy Track” is a 2-chord wonder, a guitar driven groove piece for that long drive in the sun with one arm on the wheel and the other out the window, somewhat inspired by the pulse of early JJ Cale records but miles away from it at the same time. “I Can’t Contain My Feeling” has a Velvet Underground feel to it but nothing late 60’s about it whatsoever – totally 2020. “Time Stole My Angel” proves that synth pop can be rootsy too – a beautiful song about watching your children lose their innocence. There is also the swelling and luscious ode to Sydney legend Arthur Stace who secretly wrote the word “Eternity” in chalk all over the streets of the inner city for over 40 years last century, and “Mama Bear”, a song about Dan’s love for his first car that barrels along with a more traditional dirt road country approach. Each of the songs on this album are, in one way or another, tributes; tributes to children, heroes, cars, hazy memories, unmanageable feelings, loved places and, above all, the mystery and force of life energy that drives us. Many different sounds here, and much for the ears to discover but none of it gets in the songs way. It’s somewhat of a departure in style – but it’s all Dan.
Location : Café Loburg
Date : Sunday April 5
Time : 15:00 hrs
Entrance : tba