THIS seven track offering from Newcastle’s Dan Southward is a journey into Americana music and its influences. These original songs draw on a body of work from the likes of Chris Isaak, The Handsome Family, early Tom Waits and Steve Earle.
In this recording Southward creates a musical map across the roads of love and loss. It is also an earnest exploration of the Americana musical genre executed with good, strong, narrative-driven songs. They are long, Dead Eagle Walking plays for 9 minutes; at times haunting, crossing through blues, jazz and country but remain firmly embedded in the Americana sound.
Southward is at his best on this recording when he pulls back from the overall sound of the recording to focus on his own voice. The two standout tracks are the less production intense title track Water and Wine, and Jemima. The goodness of these songs lays in the intimacy of their delivery: soft vocals, pared back electric guitar and good lyrics.
Out now digitally.