Boomkat Product Review:
This debut LP from Daniel James AKA Canon Blue is the latest offering from Copenhagen-based label Rumraket. Written, recorded and produced by Daniel in Nashville, Colonies is a dizzying collection of eccentric-pop compositions wrapped warmly in a fluffy electronic blanket. This one fits nicely alongside the work of label-heads Efterklang whose work similarly seeks to invert the acoustic-folk aesthetic and re-package it for a new generation. This central concern packs its most powerful punch in album centre-piece Battle Hymn, untreated piano and chanting voice clashing head-to-head with pounding electronic beats in a frenetic, completely riveting three and a half minutes. Mother Tongue charts similar territory, albeit armed with electric guitars and sinister whispered vocals to highten the tension. Where direction and sense of purpose waiver in the string-laden Mouth to Mouth and set closer Baptesme, Colonies possesses more than its fair share of engaging cuts. Instantly accessible but provocative in its own quiet way, Colonies is another recommended listen from this solid label.