Daniel Young – ‘Leave It Out To Dry’

The fourth album from Salt Lake City-based artist Daniel Young, Leave It Out To Dry caresses with a comforting folk, country, and Americana production. Twangy guitars, warming organs, and heartfelt vocals traverse across tales of yearning for the open road, alongside ruminations on the future in “Slow Mornings” and a quest for solace on the horn-laden “Help Us Get Along.”

Twangy guitars give way to warming organ and suave vocal declarations on the opening “Desert Air.” “Feel the dry heat,” the vocals culminate into the yearning for a “summer breeze,” and driving far away, until the headlights disappear. The added twangy enthusiasm melds with the multi-layered vocal beauty into an enjoyably bridge with illuminated keys. Following this stellar opener, “Leave It Out To Dry” continues the chilled-out hopefulness, encouraging “we gotta stick together,” amidst a world that chews one up and spits them out. Comforting guitars and warming organs again combine for an approachable, memorable aesthetic.

Highlights are numerous on the album. “Slow Mornings” awakens with gentle precision, emphasizing a carpe-diem mentality and stating “one day we’ll all be gone,” whilst encouraging an embrace of the time and present. The ruminations on a future, and the imprints the past can leave behind, stir especially as the added vocal layer hits. The finale “Wade In The River” continues that sense of unity — “I’ll fly with you,” — alongside a more hypnotic realm, with reverbed guitar twangs and lush vocal work assembling a strong atmospheric appeal. Leave It Out To Dry is a stirring success from Daniel Young, with consistent quality songwriting throughout.

“Desert Air” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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