Music is a balm most needed in dark days. Hard times are here, but we are in good hands with three artists who bring us a haunting and healing thing: Dear Companion, music by Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore produced by Yim Yames.
Dear Companion is a collection of eleven songs written by Sollee and Moore (four by Sollee, five by Moore, and two co-writes) that was recorded in only eleven days over five months. The music aches with honesty, longing, and hope. Every song is a fine, perfect creation, and they all hang together to form a true album that can be listened to from start to finish in the same way a rich, layered novel can be read.
And, it’s little wonder. Everyone involved here comes with an impressive pedigree. Classically-trained cellist Ben Sollee infused his much-lauded 2008 debut album Learning to Bend, with his unique synthesis of folk, soul, jazz, and bluegrass, is a member of Abigail Washburn’s Sparrow Quartet, has been chosen by NPR as one of the “Top 10 Unknown Artists of the Year,” and his music has been featured on Showtime’s Weeds. After serving in the Peace Corps, Daniel Martin Moore won over Sub Pop Records in 2007 with an unsolicited demo of deceptively simple, soft songs, and found himself working with producer Joe Chiccarelli (The White Stripes, U2, The Shins) on his first album, the 2008 release Stray Age. With Stray Age, Daniel became a critical darling, eliciting comparisons from Nick Drake to M. Ward. And the album’s producer, Yim Yames, renowned guitarist/singer/songwriter from Monsters of Folk and My Morning Jacket needs little in the way of further introduction.
Dear Companion was…
Dear Companion is a collaboration between three Kentucky musicians; the songs were written and performed by Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore, produced by and featuring Yim Yames of…
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