As it becomes increasingly difficult to define the nature of “pop” these days, we’ll take stock in Nashville’s Daniel James, whose Canon Blue project is one that we can whole-heartedly say has warm-pop overtones. But it’s not your typical hook. In constructing the eleven tracks on his sophomore album Rumspringa, James orchestrated a rather impressive cast of backing musicians, including most of Danish band Efterklang and Sigur Ros‘s string section, Amiina. The result is a collection of well-crafted pop songs that sound, dare we say, radio ready, yet never lose themselves in grandiose trappings or over-produced fantasies. “A Native” is the second song to emerge from this new set, a tune that speeds along with Amiina’s frenetic strings and James’ high-pitched vocals, where he swears throughout the chorus “all we have is not enough to lose.” A pop sentiment if we’ve ever heard one.
Rumspringa is out August 16 on Temporary Residence.Canon Blue - A Native