Danielson – Fetch The Compass Kids – CD
Fire Records are proud to be bringing together three remarkable albums from the very unique and idiosyncratic DANIELSON on CD.
Led by Daniel Smith, the band has gone under several guises starting with The Danielson Famile – the Von Traps of the underground when Daniel recorded to a four track with back-ups from his four siblings Andrew, David, Megan and Rachel – with additional help from friends Jason Faunce and Missy Forsyth, to be joined by Daniel’s wife Elin for ‘Fetch The Compass Kids’.
2001’s ‘Fetch The Compass Kids’ was a collaboration between the Danielson Famile and Steve Albini, who slept on an air mattress in southern New Jersey for several nights just to complete the task. This unlikely meeting of the minds produced a whirling dervish of an album, one that is both crisp and deep, with multi-colours and multi-Gospel-rhythms from the Smith family and friends on a gypsy-like parade.
The audio-visual genius of eldest son Daniel, who sings in a falsetto that is both endearing and jarring, brings original art to his album covers and nurse uniforms to their live show. The music on FETCH stands alone, a daring document full of groove and sympathy, peppered with messages to take more quiet time in life, to love one other, to dip hands, feet and toes into the puddles of the Lord.