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DandelionJames


DandelionJames – In The Night
(Released April 9th 2021)

Having spent the last ten years or more playing in bands around his native Macclesfield and Manchester, for DandelionJames things had just started to take off. Sold out shows at venues such as Soup Kitchen and Ruby Lounge and a smattering of singles with his previous band Dandelion Rose were just the tip of iceberg.

Then COVID hit. And as was the case for bands up and down the country, all plans were put on hold. It was a wait that stretched on for longer than any of us could have imagined. One could have, and indeed has, been the ending of bands and artists with less determination and wilful belligerence, than DandelionJames.

Coming a little over 12 months since the UK first went into lockdown, ‘In the Night’ marks DandelionJames’ first official outing as a solo artist. And though building on the gritty grunge and dusty rock ‘n’ roll of his previous band, ‘In the Night’ is somewhat softer and more contemplative, while retaining the idiosyncratic gravelly vocals that made Dandelion Rose such an inviting prospect.

Four and a half minutes of dust-caked guitars, mournful harmonica, and understated piano, it’s impossible to deny the steadily mounting atmosphere that builds over the track’s runtime. Acting as both a testament DandelionJames’ ability as a songwriter, and as the first taste in a string of forthcoming releases from the singer-songwriter, ­it’s a welcome return to form following a tentative year away.

DandelionJames – In The Night

 

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