David Karsten Daniels & Fight The Big Bull - I Mean to Live Here Still
Combining lo-fi folk and experimental jazz does not sound like a particularly good idea but I Mean To Live Here Still is an album that does just that and exceeds all expectations in the process. With harmonies and arrangements reminiscent of current folk darlings Mumford & Sons, David Karsten Daniels writes beautifully plaintive songs chock full of ideas. On first listen the addition of the avant garde jazz rumblings of Fight The Big Bull seem to overpower the fragile nature of Daniels’ compositions but repeated plays provide a series of unusual and intriguing arrangements that challenge the listeners perceptions of both the folk and jazz genres. The gently rolling ‘Each Summer Sound’ is the undoubted highlight, with its combination of Daniels' beautiful voice and a backing reminiscent of Miles Davis' take on ‘Concerto De Aranjuez’. It is a beguiling example of the kind of risk taking that is sadly missing in most modern music. This is not an album for instant gratification but anyone seeing past their prejudices will be rewarded with a wonderfully crafted and enjoyable album.