June 23, 2012

Daughn Gibson

At the heart of American music history lies a much darker, haunting version of country than the glamourized archetype listeners are spoon fed today. As the genre continues to steer itself away from the deep south and onto Hollywood's pop stage, Daughn Gibson is bridging its past in true form with some modern touches of his own. The singer-songwriter hails from Carlisle, PA, but his penchant for devilish country noir legends Lee Hazlewood and Johnny Cash bleeds evident throughout his material, all while being bound together with flourishes of synth pop and blues-laced electronica in the vein of early Magnetic Fields or current dub-crooner James Blake. It's Gibson's vocals however that are the true connect between the unlikely genre-crossing -- A gothic, deep-voiced baritone that exudes both ghostly romanticism and true grit masculinity (all punctuated by the singer's scruffed-up baby face and unbuttoned flannel, chest hair exposed) that marks a refreshing shift toward no-fuss blue collar ways in the male songwriting scene. Gibson's debut album All Hell was released earlier this year on White Denim, but its newfangled portrait of American gothic and brooding twang slowly grating against modern times is making it this summer's obligatory dehumidifier listen. Daughn Gibson has a handful of east coast and Canadian dates slated in the coming month alongside an appearance at this year's FYF Fest. As the daylight gets shorter from here on out, Gibson's vision of intimate darkness will fit the transition just fine.

1 comment:

  1. Holy shit, this guy is pretty good. I feel like his music would benefit a good deal from better production/sound engineering. I'm bummed I missed him in Toronto.
    Thanks Mikey!