Danielson – Ships – CD
Fire Records are proud to be bringing together three remarkable albums from the very unique and idiosyncratic DANIELSON on CD.
Opening arms wider than ever, Daniel Smith made a long list of artists who had worked with Danielson over the years and other folks who planned to work together at some point. This list led to working with family, making new friends, and keeping the old. All joined together – both the well-known (Deerhoof, Sufjan Stevens, Why?) and not as well-known artists (Sereena Maneesh, Leopulde, Half-handed Cloud) – each bringing his or her own skills and ideas to Daniel’s songs and voice, resulting in this crowning achievement. It has brought Danielson back from whence it came, by returning to the eponymous “Danielson” moniker and reuniting old friends and collaborators. There’s no avoiding that what began as a senior thesis project a decade ago has evolved into a musical world so rich with musicality and merry-making that the first six albums and ten years of touring pomp alone could nourish the most scrutinizing of thrill-seekers. Mythology-hounds have found in Danielson the full package – tuning into their frequency (whether on headphones or at a party) can be as deeply rewarding in a literary-visual-musical way as with canonical acts such as Sun Ra, Parliament and David Bowie.