Danny Webster – ‘Two Worlds’

Toronto-based artist Danny Webster impresses with a stirring, dynamic sound across the new album Two Worlds, engaging across both contemplatively dreamy folk and anthemic rock and power-pop vigor. Webster notes that the album “surrounds the idea of perspective, and processing life events.”

“Rest” begins the listening experience with a swelling orchestral intrigue. Shimmering acoustics arise thereafter alongside Webster’s smoothly melodic vocals. “I don’t wanna give myself away,” they let out, excelling into a blissful final minute with warming textural backing. “I just wanna go back home,” the vocals continue amidst synth flourishes, kicking into a motion an album with considerable melodic and atmospheric strengths.

The subsequent “Enemy” impresses in its dynamic tonal range, flowing seamlessly from breezy acoustical charm into a riveting anthemic rousing. The harmonious vocal layers, touches of synths, and jangling guitars converge for a delectable power-pop energy — and the hook at 02:18 is especially compelling with the heightened vocal emotion. Then there’s the magnetic “James,” also representative of Webster’s quality songwriting; gentle acoustics and frolicking keys combine with lush vocals and later string arrangements for a sound enjoyably reminiscent of Fleet Foxes. Two Worlds is an inviting, melodic showcase from Danny Webster.

“James” 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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