Daniel Romano – Sleep Beneath the Willow

Artist: Daniel Romano
Album: Sleep Beneath the Willow

Daniel Romano may be known as the frontman of Attack in Black, or as one third of Daniel, Fred and Julie, or as a collaborator/producer, notably with City and Colour (including graphic design for Juno-nominated [Recording Packing of the Year] Bring Me Your Love), but Romano’s solo work soars on its own.

Sleep Beneath the Willow, a follow-up to Workin’ for the Music Man, is an album where Romano seems to come into this own, really showcasing his exceptional songwriting. Romano’s multi-instrumentalist talent fuels this album, which he also self-produced. The album embraces an AM country sound and embodies melancholy warmth, as Romano’s soulful songs express emotional ups and downs with timeless lyricism.

In 11 songs clocking in just under 40 minutes, Romano delivers his finest work to date. The album opens up with “Time Forgot (To Change My Heart),” with a chorus of female voices, courtesy of Misha Bower (The Bruce Peninsula), Tamara Lindeman (The Weather Station) and Lisa Bozikovic. Romano’s delivery is deep and sinister, juxtaposed against the lovely harmonies from the ladies. While the honky-tonk guitar is certainly a part of this album, nothing is overdone, save the cheeky “Hellen’s Restaurant,” a nice break from the down-tempo right in the middle of the album. The music is simple, with Romano really allowing space for the listener to just breathe it all in. The album ends with applause for the raw, live “Nothing,” a song that tugs at the listener’s heartstrings. It’s a fine way to end such a beautiful album.

Sleep Beneath the Willow will be released on April 5th via You’ve Changed Records, the label Romano runs with Steven Lambke (Baby Eagle, Constantines).

Categories: Recorded


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