Bootlegged at the Temple
Daniel's third album, Bootlegged at The Temple, came at a time when Daniel was fascinated with the idea of "a guy doing his thing, unannounced in a bar."
"I wasn't on the gig guide," Daniel says of the nights in question.
"They were spontaneous sessions, testing out tunes in new ways and just kinda playing to anyone that happened onto me."
It was to be an experiment in playing and relating to strangers - strangers without expectations and without an inkling of what was in store for them. The liner notes to the album 'Bootlegged At The Temple' give an interesting angle on its background, but, as Daniel continues, the primary motivation was that
"I was just fascinated by musicians doing their thing, without all the fanfare."
"I'd travelled a lot and seen several really amazing musicians, just kind of spontaneously pulling up and playing in a local bar - and loved it."
So much so, in fact, that the idea of simplifying his modus operandi was simply too tempting to refuse.
"Rather than setting up a live recording, I chose a more realistic and honest portrayal - involving playing to whomever, and not to an invited audience."
At the same time, however, it should be noted that Daniel was a sometime regular fixture at The Temple and elsewhere - filling the venue on official, promoted gig nights.
As a cathartic exercise - in the same way Aristotle suggested that art can purify the emotions - Daniel saw 'Bootlegged At The Temple' as "my way of bootlegging myself."
"Doing an unannounced gig - like those whom had inspired me - I took the chance that no-one would be interested, but people that were there enjoyed what I was doing."
It is a little rawer than his previous or later works, but not unpolished. Daniel weaves his way around the familiar tracks with such a natural grace that they appear to be almost completely new. Zebra Crossing, for example, broods and shines "stinging like needles of joy" as Daniel so eloquently puts it. Midnight's Gone, on the other hand, shares the warmth and conviviality of The Temple, wherein Daniel simply "takes the floor (to) maybe play a song."
Herein lies the essence of Bootlegged: simply an audience, a musician, and a quiet venue . . . - no hype. Tracks such as new one Echoes - "we might just be trying to set up a home, but even when we're fused together we shut our eyes to be alone"; and Look Mama - "Mama, I been dabbling in things I shouldn't had all of my life for the thrill of it" strike deep with their poetic, though harsh, reality. There's also Fuck The Gardeners, Are You A Free (Wo)Man? - "Thought you might like a wristwatch, but why remind you of time?" - Fireescapes, Good Job? and Sarah (all from FINE BY ME and flashback) to round out the album along with the other new song Pretty Good Effort - " I said I think I'm making a pretty good effort at using my limited talent and if I'm ever to reach the sky, first I got to get by".
In context with Daniel's previous two albums - 'FINE BY ME' and 'flashback' - and subsequent release 'Bound and Suburban', 'Bootlegged' is a departure, which provides the listener a greater perspective on all of his work. Bootlegged is a great live album, which, over time, becomes as much a voyage of discovery and inspiration for the listener as for the musician himself.
- Justin Walsh
Albums by kiwi [NZ] indie singer/songwriter Daniel Gannaway:
2008 - JOINED LIKE NOTES
2007 - HEADING FOR COUNTRY
2006 - OP-ED: Environmental / Social / Political
2005 - SUMMER STORM | A collection of ukulele ditties
2004 - darling one year
2002 - BOOTLEGGED AT THE 12 BAR CLUB [released 2006]
2001 - Bound and Suburban
2000 - Bootlegged at the Temple
1999 - flashback*
1998 - FINE BY ME
More truly independent releases:
2008 - ELECPHONIC: TRIPLEPHONIC
2007 - ELECPHONIC: SOPHOMOREPHONIC
2006 - ELECPHONIC: ELECPHONIC
2004 - kidameln - the kidameln lo-fi
truly independent has kidameln's debut & Daniel's first 3 albums in the CD Baby $5 Specials!
truly independent recommends a newly recovered live gem of Daniel:
BOOTLEGGED AT THE 12 BAR CLUB
[11 Songs - Solo Acoustic - London - April 2002]
Recorded live in an intimate little venue in the centre of London – the 12 Bar Club – Daniel’s vocal range and delicate guitar, sometimes complimented by harmonica, are collected surprisingly well and make for a beautifully meandering compilation.
OP-ED: Environmental / Social / Political
"Documenting many of Daniel's previously unrecorded songs of environmental, social and political importance, OP-ED is an inspired compilation of acoustic material on guitar and ukulele - all recorded in Hawaii during February of 2006."
SUMMER STORM | A collection of ukulele ditties
"Written and recorded in Hawaii and New Zealand, Summer Storm - Daniel's sixth solo outing - references laidback island life with the ukulele's nylon strings, while wrapping it up in the kind of dynamic folk/indie-rock/electronic feel..."
"...like Gannaway's home country, this music [SUMMER STORM] is an exotic, faraway place in relationship to the rest of the overall modern musical landscape. Nevertheless, these unique Gannaway sounds offer a pleasant getaway" - Indie-Music.
"...The great aspect of the album [SUMMER STORM] is that each song's arrangement maintains a minimalistic nature, which shows a discipline and a depth of understanding on Gannaway's part. Underneath the ukelele, the cruising drums and harmonic supporting bass grooves provide an all around easy and easily recommendable listen..." - NZ Musician Magazine
darling one year
"...A perfect blend of lyrics, emotion and rhythm...If your looking for some refreshing new music for the soul, I whole-heartedly recommend darling one year as a must have for your collection." - AllAboutSurf.com
"...Down to earth and laid back, it has none of the musical tension of trying too hard or the injection of false emotions. Suburban folky and bohemian chic, it [darling one year] ties up agreeably layered and distorted vocals into an angst-ridden, quirky pop as catchy as The Strokes but easily as mysteriously engaging as James Keenan Maynard..." - Indie-Music.com
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