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Daniel Carlson
Now EP
AptZero Recordings

Rating: 6/10 ?


October 1, 2004
If you like the Marks, Eitzel and Kozelek, then perhaps you should familiarize yourself with a Daniel - Carlson, that is. On his breakout EP, Now, he creates a slow, brooding, beautifully spare landscape for himself, indulging forays into softness and sorrow with careful literacy.

Through the course of five tracks, he focuses in with a precise perspective of brokenness and beauty. "Listen" sounds uncannily like Daniel Littleton of Ida, with small bursts of three-four folk indelibility, reassurance and wonder. "Tina" turns things upward in tone, a piano ballad with Beatlesque leanings and AM radio lamentations. When the disc bottoms out, and the swollen, rustic proclamations of "My Old Room" come about, stating "I am so happy/I am so sad," we can only believe the latter. Carlson sounds beaten by the highs and lows, but somehow better off for it; it's as if he's been whipped into optimism.

While the last two tracks, "Gold" and "I Want You to Know" end things less auspiciously - one is an electro-tinged, fruitless oddity, and the other, a sparkling-yet-overlong reprise - Now introduces a promising new face within the realms of bare, cultured pop. If this EP is just a starting point, his follow-up LP may prove to be essential.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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