Release Date: May 27, 2016
Record label: New West
The New King of Mosey is back with the appropriately titled Mosey, and he's changed his approach: gone is the garish rhinestone nudie suit, gone are the sad, syrupy ballads, gone is all but the sense of purity that Romano fights for. From the first fade into opening track "Valerie Leon," with the blast of 1960s-sounding horns and an era-specific drum beat, Romano invites us into his world of Mosey — and the living is easy.Mosey exists on two planes, really: on the one, there are tunes like "Valerie Leon," "Mr. E Me" and "Sorrow (For Leonard And William)" that fit into the same 1960s-tinged atmosphere complete with crisp drums, that deep Lee Hazlewood drawl and horns that would befit a Tom Jones or Dusty Springfield tune.
Canada’s Daniel Romano is neither an outlaw nor a good ol’ boy, a bro nor a balladeer. He's made power pop and indie rock, but since going solo in 2010 he's been making his twist on classic country. He might not be tearing up the Stateside country charts, but his new Mosey still makes for a solid entry in the new-school canon of hybrid country. Rather, Romano’s fifth full-length under his own name finds him relying on classic flourishes to build simple songs that look to the great beyond.
Whatever you think of Daniel Romano, you have to give the guy credit -- he's one artist who's not afraid of change. After first making his name in the punk band Attack in Black, Romano shifted gears and cut several fine albums with a polished retro-country feel. Now, after 2015's splendid If I've Only One Time Askin', Romano has taken another detour, and 2016's Mosey is an engaging exercise in smart pop with a decided '60s and '70s slant.
Stetson hat cocked, moustache and sideburns standing proud, Daniel Romano peers glumly from the cover of his 2013 album Come Cry With Me. Down to the retro belt buckle, he looks every inch the 60s country gent in his flowery, brown and pink Nudie suit, ready to croon whisky stained ballads and swooning heartbreak. People were understandably suspicious.