I had never heard of this guy until earlt this year when Sub Pop sent me the MP3 of a song from his collaboration with cellist Ben Sollee. That song blew my mind and I really liked the rest of the album, Dear Companion, on which the two trade off vocals. Moore’s “Needn’t Say a Thing” was a highlight. Sub Pop describesIn the Cool of the Day as “a ‘spiritual’ album of time-tested, family gospel favorites remembered from growing up and reinterpreted here, with a few new tunes of his own in the same vein.” Between the new Mavis Staples album and this one, we might be in store for a full-on spiritual revival!
“This is only a song / It can’t change the world…” Probably not, but it sure is making me happy right now.
I don’t know much about Daniel Martin Moore and Ben Sollee except that they’re both from Kentucky and they’re opposed to a type of mining that damages mountains. A part of the proceeds from this album goes to helping that cause.
I don’t pick up on a very strong protest vibe from Dear Companion, but what I do hear is a fine collection of acoustic songs (guitar and cello), sung in gentle, comforting voices with pretty harmonies.
By the time you realize how good this song is, it’s over. So you have to play it again. And maybe even one more time. It starts out simple with an acoustic guitar and Appalachian harmonies, but it keeps building and driving and getting better. And then it stops. Two and a half minutes. Leaves you wanting to hear more.
Produced by My Morning Jacket‘s Jim James (a/k/a “Yim Yames” if you’re feeling ridiculous). And a portion of the proceeds from the album will benefit Appalachian Voices, an organization devoted to ending mountaintop removal. How about that!