John Danley | Drifting Into Oblivion

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Drifting Into Oblivion

by John Danley

Instrumental guitar music blending folk and classical idioms
Genre: Folk: Power-folk
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1. Unmaking of the World
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2. In the Key of B
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3. Mortal Floods
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4. Philip's Glasses
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5. Below the Water
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6. Remembering Lydia
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7. Dali & the Hallucinating Bullfighter
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8. Christmas For Argyle
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9. 11th Step
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10. Europe After the Rain
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11. A Dream of Breathing
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12. Etude
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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*Nominated for JPFolks guitar album award.

John Danley's 5th independent release introduces an eclectic collection of instrumental, acoustic guitar music with particular focus on the themes of alcoholism, depression, isolation, addiction, fear, hope, and recovery (in memory of former Boston Phoenix staff writer and author Caroline Knapp: "Drinking: A Love Story"). Many of the initial tunes embody a feeling of disillusionment, pain and an unresolvable sense of spiritual ambiguity. The disc begins with "Unmaking of the World" (taken from the subtitle of an Elaine Scarry Book based on chronic pain). The terrifying repetition of addictive behavior and its ensuing insanity can be heard in "Mortal Floods". "Philip's Glasses" pays homage to the minimalist, film composer. "Christmas for Argyle" deals with the unfortunate suicide of a Nashville musician.

Eventually, alienation and loneliness are lifted into a realm of self-discovery and redemption as demonstrated in "11th Step", "Europe After the Rain" and "A Dream of Breathing". It is with these tunes that the objective idealism of reflection and recovery become a reality.

"Europe After the Rain" is based on a painting by the surrealist Max Ernst and suggests the wake of the aftermath. "Etude" represents lament.


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Mike Keneally


On his fifth independent release, John Danley makes brave choices every step of the way. Obviously allowing the music to drive him in unexpected directions on a moment’s notice, the 12 selections wander freely across constantly shifting rhythmic and harmonic vistas.

Dave

Great sound deferent
I have 4 of the CD and never grow tired of them, easy listing

Martin Kooperman


This is some of Danley's "darkest" work. Lots of textures, rich tones and haunting melodies.

VGT

one of my favorite albums, by anyone, PERIOD
THis album by Danley is my favorite. It is exquisite. I have given away many as gifts and still continue to play it on a regular basis. If you like great instrumentals, GET THIS ALBUM.

VGT

one of my favorite albums, by anyone, PERIOD
THis album by Danley is my favorite. It is exquisite. I have given away many as gifts and still continue to play it on a regular basis. If you like great instrumentals, GET THIS ALBUM.