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Daniel Romano
Finally Free marks Daniel Romano’s eighth long playing album in the last eight years. He has
had what understatedly would be considered a prolific output of incredibly entrancing, poignant
and creative records in this span of time. Recording, producing, designing and landing his
records into the minds and hearts of scores of fans the world over. He has been called a
shapeshifter, contrived, a chameleon, a Charlatan, the best living songwriter, an asshole and a
genius. His last record, Modern Pressure received outstandingly high acclaim and praise from
every notable publication out there and was acknowledged by most reputable
“for-profit-prize-corporations” as well as a plethora of voguish “music-as-competitive-sport”
year end lists. Despite being the bronze placeholder in most of these dogfights, he is most often
noted as a person of astounding influence on all of his musically economic successors.
“No matter what he does, everything he puts out is better than anything else being put out by
anyone else.”– Unnamed Subjugate.
Romano’s new effort Finally Free could stand alone as being pivotal if it were only its profound
and breathtaking prose on paper. Writing now like an agnostic Whitman in his prime, Romano
explores and uncovers new language and meaning for old sentiments grown tired, stating, “these
poems are most certainly my finest and most principled ef orts to date.” Finally Free sings like
a radical revelation, exploring the concepts of music as a celestial being, flora as a consequential
ancestor and singing, no matter its quality or sound, as the end most important output of our
species. This record contains a vivid religious articulation despite its clear condemnation of a
God as a singular ruling white male. New words have replaced old words for new meaning and
the definitions have been left up to interpretation. It seems safe to say that Romano has broken
the literary soil hard and ferociously to find the remaining repose in our current “danse
This masterful record could easily transfix listeners if it were merely a collection of beautifully
arranged and recorded instrumentals. Romano told me this record was recorded with one single
microphone in “sitting vocal position”. He went on to say “I wrote the songs as I recorded them
and I had a guitar amplifier to my right and a bass amplifier to my left. The drums were
behind me and my chair in the middle. The microphone never moved no matter what
instrument I was recording and the preamp settings never changed. I basically mixed the
room instead of the individual tracks.” Finally Free was recorded on a 4 track Tascam cassette
recorder. This means Romano was making constant stream of consciousness commitments to
everything that was being recorded in order to bounce them down to stereo and free up tracks
for additional elements. A method virtually unused by his peers. “On every record I make strict
limitations for myself. This was by far the most extreme, but I also believe it has rendered the
most honest and liberating results.” Romano, no matter how many times I asked, wouldn’t
disclose what microphone was used.
Overall, this record harks back to Romano’s early studies and obsessions in traditional folk
music while simultaneously conveying a surprisingly modern and engaging aesthetic. Dense
with new wisdom and blissfully encouraging in these end times.
Finally Free is available everywhere worth going November, 30th, 2018 on You’ve Changed
Records in Canada and New West Records everywhere else.
The Medium
Since coming together in 2015, Nashville four-piece The Medium have crafted melodic, intricate pop rock tailor-made for summer nights and sweaty house shows.
Curt Castle
This is a band of real human people that plays a bunch of songs that have come out of being alone and singing / shouting things into the air around us. We're working on our first album of those songs. We hope at least one of them means something to you and helps you feel connected to a world that may seem increasingly confusing.