Tuesday, August 29
Chicagoan Dan Wallace is the former singer/songwriter for the Pindrops - a group that released a self-titled album in 2004 that can be sampled and purchased at CDBaby [here].
Mr. Wallace is seemingly omnipresent on the Chicago musical scene, scoring film soundtracks, composing chamber pieces, and just generally working to support modern classical music in the city. He is also, however, very much the indie-pop rocker, as his solo LP, Neon and Gold [Torito Bravo Records], fully attests. Some reviewers compare Wallace to Rufus Wainwright and Ben Folds, but methinks this might be a bit misleading and simplistic in this case. While the songs on Neon and Gold tend to be solidly melodic, they also feature adventurous instrumentation and just slightly off-kilter arrangements.
So... try to the two rather different-sounding songs below on for size. If you like what you hear, you can purchase Neon and Gold at CDBaby [here], at Amazon.com [here], at iTunes, or directly from his website [here].
(Dan Wallace's MySpace page is [here].)
[MP3] "Vante Left Them Human"