Dan Southward told me once that he writes best from a place of sadness. Listening to his latest venture ‘Water & Wine’ you can certainly feel the strain and struggle of working and romantic life in the singer’s voice. I recognize songs from catching him perform around Newcastle either solo or with the collaboration group The Black Lung Cartel. You can tell there is a meditation to the music. These are not tunes he’s written quickly or without care. With a baritone vocal marking not dissimilar to a young Tom Waits, Southward is reaching out to you in these songs.
Engineered by Jayson Evans at Senator Studios the EP evokes images of smoke filled room. Listen via iTunes & Spotify. You should.