Review: Dan Michaelson & The Coastguards – Sheets

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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.

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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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