Jun 11,2013

Welcome to my new music review blog! I’ll be posting reviews occasionally of albums, singles, and compilations on this blog.

For my first post, I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of the new EP by electropop artist Daniel Robinson, entitled Guesswork.

I’ve been following Daniel for some time, and I’ve been lucky enough to get to know him. If you haven’t heard of him, or heard his music, I’d highly encourage you to go listen. With every release, his music matures and changes, but his sound is consistently, well, his.

I’d only be able to describe the quality of his music as what would happen if the Aurora Borealis were somehow compressed into MP3s. The audibly delectable quality of his sound is a Lights-esque mesh of both the beauty of nature and the fascination of technology.

My first experience listening to Daniel’s music was with his first EP, North. The only way I could put my audible experience of the record was as if I’d been on a beautifully glorious trip through Canada with a group of friends, riding subways and seeing glorious stars at night.

His new EP, Guesswork, doesn’t stray far from his previous sound, but provides a more defined lyrical quality.

The first song, Introduction, prepares a listener well for what’s to come. Almost like a spaceship taking off from a landing pad, the build-up in the track is both exciting and captivating.

The next track, also the first single from the EP, Running With the Wolves, weaves a story with intricately unique phrasing. The mental picture it paints is both familiar and fresh.

With a bit faster-paced production, the following track, Invasion, is one of the more gritty tracks Daniel has made. The lyrics tell of delusions and loss of self-control of one’s body, which Daniel illustrates eerily but beautifully. The breakdown before the final chorus is a particular favorite part of the EP.

My personal favorite track, Not Your Boy, follows. Upbeat and sassy, the song is extremely catchy and has amazing dubstep breakdowns. The dubstep breakdowns have been explored in his work previously, but particularly work well in this song.

The slowest song on the EP, Sugar, may not be as fast as the rest of the songs, but is just as catchy and enjoyable. With a strong drum-focused production and fantastic layers of vocals, the song is one of the strongest in Daniel’s catalog.

Finishing off the EP is Halcyonic. Halcyon has become a popular term lately, with Ellie Goulding naming her recent album after it. The term gained popularity with the 1992 electronic song by Orbital. With many lyrics, including ephemeral feelings and calming winds and snow, the term is almost too perfect to describe Daniel’s sound overall. The song doesn’t veer from his classic structure, and features another great breakdown and catchy, descriptive lyrics. It finishes the EP off nicely.

Overall, I think Daniel is one of the most talented male acts in pop today. Though he hasn’t gained major success, I predict a highly successful career in his future. Pop fans, dance fans, and electronic fans alike will enjoy this record more and more with every listen.

  • Overall - 4/5
  • Favorite song - Not Your Boy
  • Least favorite song - Introduction
  • Listen if you like - Lights, Simon Curtis, Ellie Goulding, Grimes, Charli XCX, Icona Pop, Imagine Dragons, Robyn

The EP will be available through Bandcamp on June 18th, and you can pre-order it for only $5. The first single, Running With the Wolves, is currently available for $1 on Bandcamp and you can listen to it on Youtube as well.

His previous work, including his first EP, North, and his previous single Deep River, are available on iTunes.

You can also follow him on Tumblr and like him on Facebook, as well as keep up-to-date through his website.

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