Review: Dan Michaelson & The Coastguards – Sheets


Dan Michaelson & The Coastguards - Sheets - “Come on round, you know I’ll let you in,” drawls Dan Michaelson – his raw vocal delivery crossing the mid-point between his Northampton origins and his time spent in Texas to record his 2011 solo album, Sudden Fiction.

Michaelson has toured with the likes of Phosphorescent and I Am Kloot, and much like the latter’s John Bramwell, he wears his metaphorical heart on his hypothetically alcohol soaked sleeve, with delicate, subdued results.

His is a gentle yet throaty plea, always one step away from cracking into whisky-induced nothingness, which contrasts beautifully with the beautifully sparse accompaniment by his Bad Seeds esque Coastguards.

Now onto their third full length record, ‘Blindspot’, the band – which also features Henry Spenner, Laurie Earle, Sanja Mitra and the gloriously named Horse – have shifted a world away from the up-tempo, indie-dirge sound of Michaelson’s previous project, Absentee.

As with Nick Cave’s recent soundtrack work, the sound here is forlorn, the lyrics are heartfelt, and the song builds gently to a crescendo, before quietly receding and returning to its origins, never outstaying its welcome.

Sheets is released on 11th March, with the album Blindspot following on 25th March.


About Paul Holmes

Editor of The Velvet Onion since 2010, I also work in arts marketing and digital content producing, writer for a few things, listen to a lot of vinyl and watch lots and lots of Doctor Who.

Posted on March 1, 2013, in Reviews. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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