Canon Blue

Early Show

Canon Blue


Tue, August 16, 2011

Doors: 6:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

Canon Blue - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Canon Blue
Rumspringa is the 11-song orchestral pop marvel from Canon Blue, the solo project from American singer-songwriter Daniel James. The record was written while touring the world with Danish indie rock band Efterklang, and primarily recorded in the off-hours at their Copenhagen studio. A tour de force if there ever was one, Rumspringa is one part modern dance record, with warm, synth-driven melodies and tender lyrics, and one part classical exploration of emotions, with violin crescendos and deep, resonant cello. After recording the record’s skeleton in Copenhagen, James traveled to Iceland to record orchestral arrangements with renowned string quartet Amiina (most famously recognized as Sigur Rós’ string section). The expansive, gleeful result is an ingenious combination of the old and the new, a lush minimalism that allows James’ graceful lyrics to float through the air as if time is suspended. Rumspringa’s songs combine the soulful intimacy of Jeff Buckley and the playful whimsy of Sufjan Stevens with the stately meditation of Steve Reich and Philip Glass. Canon Blue’s auspicious beginnings are rooted in the 2007 debut album, Colonies, a bedroom electronic folk collaboration with Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor. Rumspringa sees James fully realizing his role as both composer and songwriter, something he has learned through his years on the road, which he considers a rumspringa of sorts. Having explored the world and explored his own musical potential and desires, this is the result—a record that is neither new nor old, neither completely contemplative nor completely giddy, but certainly complete, and certainly a wonder to behold.
Atlantic/Pacific - (Set time: 6:30 PM)
Featuring Garrett Klahn (Texas is the Reason) and John Herguth (House & Parish, The Love Scene) and a rotating cast of members, Atlantic/Pacific hit the road this Fall for their very first US tour in support of their debut album, Meet Your New Love - out now on No Sleep Records.

Formed in the summer of 2008, Atlantic/Pacific have been honing their sound ever since with performances in NY and Europe, sharing the stage with Mercury Rev, Neil Halstead, Chamberlain, and Walter Schreifels, including performances at the UK's TRUCK Festival two years in a row. In the fall of 2009 they self-released their debut EP called Autumn Edition Volume 1. It was an introduction to their sound which is full of layered guitar work and pensive melodies ranging in influence from Fleet Foxes, Beach House, Washed Out and The Smiths.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002