Dynamic indie-folk artist Daniel Trakell has today released the latest cut from his forthcoming sophomore album ‘Into The Blue’, with the beautifully crafted single ‘Waves’.
Wrapped in rich metaphor and featuring a truly breathtaking vocal performance from Trakell; ‘Waves’ feels like it could easily fit in the songbook of one of the great songwriters of yesteryear, drawing sonic comparisons to the likes of Neil Young, Nick Drake or Elliot Smith, as well as modern contemporaries such as Kurt Vile or Father John Misty.
The instrumental backing on the track immerses the listener into Trakell’s performance immediately, with reverb-kissed pedal steel weaving in and out of the mix, harmonising with Trakells soaring vocals perfectly. Subtle horns reinforce the emotive chorus melodies in the back half of the track, creating a sense of atmosphere that feels equally ethereal and firmly grounded.
Lyrically the song focuses on the feeling of alleviation when one can move past a seemingly impossible hurdle - finding comfort in the acceptance of fate in order to move forward.
Speaking about the single, Daniel shared, “Waves is a song about what comes after reaching a point where you can’t go on anymore, that feeling of completely surrendering, giving in and letting go. One of the last songs written for the album, the demo was very basic guitar and vocals. When we got into the studio we ran through it a couple of times live as a band with drums, pedal steel, guitar and upright bass, piano and horns added in a later session.”
The soothing, textured production on ‘Waves’ is no surprise, considering the track was recorded between an old church hall that sits in Mollongghip - a farming community 20 Minutes from Ballarat and Aviary studios in Abbotsford with a full band. Recorded, produced and mixed by the talented Josh Barber (Gretta Ray, Gotye, and Archie Roach), it was then mastered by multi-Grammy, Libera, Fryderyk, and JUNO nominated, ADISQ & SOCAN winning engineer, Shawn Hatfield of AudibleOddities.
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