*The Following Press Release Was Issued By Independent Music Promotions*
Letters of Gold
24 April 2020
|Acclaimed Songwriter/storyteller & performer Dan Tuffy has released a new full-length album “Letters of Gold,” a visionary collection that find him experimenting, collaborating and letting ‘the feel’ take over.|
It’s been three years since Dan’s 2017 debut solo album “Songs from Dan,” which gathered much critical praise and had him busy touring Australia and Europe. In the meantime, he has worked quietly away on his new album, taking his time to get it just right.
“Letters of Gold” sees a shift away from the story-telling country noir atmosphere of his last album towards a more groove-based approach where bass, electronic and percussive elements come to the foreground on a big, rich production canvas. The ‘shift’ owes much of its credit to producer Zlaya Loud, who intuitively meshes organic and electronic sounds. Credit also goes to collaborator Michael Turner, who brings a world of out of-the-box vibes to the record. The importance of song remains central to the whole thing with Dan’s rich, warm vocal sound bringing it all home. The recording process involved decorating song takes that Dan and Matt Walker recorded together live with multiple collaborations and file sharing amongst Dan’s favourite musicians from around the globe. The result is a modern offbeat and lushly orchestrated earthy sound.
From the Artist:
What’s vital to me about this album is our success at welding electronic and organic sounds together in a way that supports the songs/themes you hear. I’m very happy about the sonic world we have created and how it pushes the boundaries of the roots/songwriter genre. It was an intuitive process that emerged out of the energy captured in the live takes at the core of each performance. Everyone who worked on the album “got it” by feeling into it and this is why the record sounds so cool, why it speaks to you and why I’m so proud of it. It connects and it travels and the journey is layered and moving, in every sense of the word.
Stream “Letters of Gold”:
Artist Name: Dan Tuffy
Location: Australia/Netherlands (Australian National/resident of The Netherlands)
Release Title: Letters of Gold
Release Date: 04/24/2020
Dan Tuffy (guitars/vocals/bass/percussion/samples), Michael Turner (keys/guitars/midi-programming/electronics/percussion), Matt Walker (guitars), Judith Renkema (electric bass), Madelief van Vlijmen (double bass), Lucie Thorne (guitars/Backing vocals), Steve Gilbert (harmonica), Nick Larkins (hammond), Zlaya Loud (analogue synths)
Producer Name(s): Zlaya Loud
Similar/RIYL: Nick Cave, Velvet Underground, JJ Cale, Grandaddy, MWard
1 Can’t Contain My Feeling
2 Honey Flow
4 Time Stole My Angel
5 Sandy Track
6 No Sleep Until the Work is Done
7 Home Fires
8 Big Man
“warmth, wit and unaffected integrity” (RhythmsRoots Mag/Australia)
“one of the better roots albums of the year” (File Under/NL)
“dark, mysterious & mystical” (Musicmansch/Germany)
“hints of Lanois and T-Bone Burnett;an unquestionably fine release (MonoMagasine/Sweden) “subtle, trance-inducing, the spectre of JJ Cale hovers around this album” (France)
* Critically acclaimed Australian songwriter/storyteller & performer
* Winner of 1989 Australian Recording Industry Award (Runner up in 1990)
* 30-plus year career with extensive tours of Europe/Uk & Australia under his belt
Official Website: www.dantuffy.com
Originally from Australia and resident of the Netherlands since 1993, Dan started out with an Ecology degree from the University of Tasmania before his music career got going. In Tasmania and later in Melbourne in the 1980s, he was a founding member of popular psychedelic/folk cult group Wild Pumpkins at Midnight. Later, he would become the driving force behind the eclectic rootsy trio Big Low (2002 – 2012), as well as being a founding member of one of the Netherlands most unique world music groups Parne Gadje, a producer of documentary music, a storyteller and owner of quality independent label Smoked Recordings.
Dans 2017 debut solo album, SONGS FROM DAN, was described by the press as a “masterpiece” (OOR/The Netherlands) and as “an instant classic” (Rhythms/Australia). His 2020 album LETTERS OF GOLD continues this trend of lofty praise with quotes from the press like, “classic Tuffy empathy…warmth, wit and integrity” (Sydney Morning Herald/Australia) and “surely one of the best releases so far this year” (Guitarist/Germany). His live performances are mesmerising, expertly using pulsating grooves, electronic effects and harmony that go way beyond a traditional singer-songwriter approach.