North Queensland’s rising folk music artist Dan Baker reveals his brand new EP ‘From Corners Quiet‘
The new five-track EP ‘From Corners Quiet‘ weaves empathetically between loss and longing, promise and forgiveness. Brought to life with powerful melodies and commanding vocals.
Dan shares, “Writing from the point of view of the outsider, the observer, has always appealed to the autodidactic parts of my nature. Relating apparent patterns of the experience of others to my own has, at times, helped to discern some clarity. This has led to a slightly gentler introspection and optimism. Unencumbered by judgement but not by hope, the outsider simply takes note from corners quiet.”
Opening the new EP, the first track ‘Freeze Dried Coffee’ features a ruminative, slow-folk ballad that sees Baker reflect on his perceived failures through a slightly more jovial and forgiving lens. Baker’s vocals reflect a desperate optimism that is emphasised with drifting violins, wane whistling, and formidable bass guitar riffs.
In the new EP, Dan transforms insightful observations into introspective, all-encompassing folk-scapes, ‘From Corners Quiet’ brings together five intimate stories that meld fluidly to create a beautifully nuanced EP.
In the second track of the EP, ‘Angela & Miles’ shivers with quiet longing, detailing the story of two unlikely lovers, crossing paths in a bar after years of separation. Layers of delicately picked strings create intricate finger-style folk harmonies, underlain with light brush strokes of percussion.
His track ‘Take This Rose’, an impassioned expression of love and promise for commitment during a long-distance relationship. Floating instrumentals are contrasted by the earthy tones of Baker’s decadent vocals, the ebb and flow between melancholic verse and uplifting chorus mirroring the difficult emotions that arise when loved ones are separated by distance.
The new EP following Dan latest releases “Mrs Carter”, “Forget Your Mother”, and “The Wilderness” from his album “Counting Paces In Tortoise Races”
Strapping violins signal the beginning of ‘Struggling Stranger’, a desperate folk tune delivered with the jaunty energy of a sea-shanty as Baker’s guttural vocals detail the strangers’ struggle in his desire to connect. The chorus echoes with the anguished plea of the stranger, calling out for someone, anyone…
In the final track of the EP, Dan brings us his single ‘Sabali’, a slow-burning track that ends up ablaze. A story about dissolving fear and bringing people together, Baker’s deep voice emerges atop the continuous strum of guitar, visited by sojourning violins and vocal harmonies.
Suddenly, the song explodes with soaring trumpets and a rallying beat, the pace building with orchestral chaos, until Baker’s grounding voice delivers a sense of peace back to the song.