Release Date: Jan 18, 2011
Record label: Sub Pop
Genre(s): Folk, Gospel, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Folk, Religious, Contemporary Gospel
Simple songs to ease the soul and keep faith burning bright. It’s been over two years since the Daniel Martin Moore’s debut album Stray Age and a year since his collaborative release Dear Companion with Ben Sollee. Judging by his newest solo effort, The Kentucky singer spent that time deep in prayer. A voice as pure and blessed as the words he sings, In the Cool of the Day makes a listener want to believe.
There's a great story and an even better idea behind In the Cool of the Day. Not too long ago, Kentucky-born singer-songwriter Daniel Martin Moore rolled through WXVU Radio in Cincinnati to play a studio session and give an interview. Totally routine. But when Moore sat down at the old Steinway piano they kept in-house, his head and heart went wild.
The second solo effort from Kentuckian singer-songwriter Daniel Martin Moore doesn't exactly go out of its way to win over the casual listener. It is essentially a collection of homely gospel songs, only four of which are DMM originals. The other seven tracks are reworked versions of traditional compositions and old Christian hymns, penned by fantastically named artists like Horatio G.
Please allow me to state that this is a gospel record and that I am an atheist, or non-religious, or whatever. I don’t believe in anything. That said, my personal lack of beliefs does not mean 1) it is not appropriate for me to critique this album, or 2) that I cannot view it as objectively as I need to. Carrying on… Moore is a Kentucky boy, like me.
Influenced by Appalachian folk and vintage gospel, Daniel Martin Moore’s second solo album is a laid-back, God-fearing affair. The songs may be quick -- there are 11 here, all of them sandwiched into a lean 30 minutes -- but Moore delivers each one leisurely, rarely moving beyond the relaxed pace of a Sunday afternoon driver. A handful of friends join him in the process, including cellist Ben Sollee, who previously teamed up with Moore on the collaborative Dear Companion.
Remember Devon White? Nine goals in 26 games for QPR in 1993–1994, yet despite a full season in the top flight he soon disappeared to the lower leagues and now has his own business as an electrician in his native Nottingham. He came from nowhere, he had his (brief) moment before rapidly disappearing down the leagues ending his playing career at Ilkeston Town. Now, Daniel Martin Moore is hardly in the Premier League but after support slots with Iron and Wine and Monsters of Folk he's certainly coming close.
Daniel Martin Moore is without doubt an ambitious man. Showing the chutzpah to send an unsolicited demo to the offices of Sub Pop? Kudos. Getting signed off such an act? Double kudos. Using such a platform to partner with cellist Ben Sollee to raise funds to prevent mountaintop removal mining in their native Kentucky? Hats off to you, sir.