In the guise of singer songwriters, there are plenty who can sing and who can capture your ears. While that’s a coupling of the genre that is ever present, their are literally only a few who can craft the type of music that you don’t forget after you hear it. While Phoenix’ Danielle Durack has been going strong since her debut album Bonnie Rose, it’s on her new album No Place where she truly shimmers. Intermingling singer songwriter vibes with catchy hooks, the album proves that No Place can by anywhere with great music on hand.
The opening song “Mistakes” is like the opening to a love letter. Durack’s vocals against an acoustic with gentle backing vocals opens the album up in the best way possible. Though short in run time, it’s the introduction that sets you up for what’s to come. What you receive follows on “By Now” where the gentle vocals dance along with the acoustic like two partners. There’s an organic hook in how Durack sings here, pulling you in with each harmonic note. This thread continues on the upbeat single “Broken Wings” where those catchy hooks become more and more present.
With “Billy” the singer songwriter sings atop a glazed melody that warms you like Summer air. On “Now That I’m Alone” the strings of the acoustic hold up her airy vocals in a way that is almost how a bird floats along in the sky. This gets met with strings that really open the song to more than anything typical, meeting with piano and group vocals to really shine. But of the ten songs that breathe honesty and tenderness, the favored song is “There Goes My Heart.” With a build that starts with just vocals and a piano, the honesty in the music is extraordinary. There’s such pain in the vocals that it draws your attention while Durack’s strengths as a singer keep you glued. The swaths of synths underneath the song come and go as she sings with the piano as if her life depends on it. It’s just a snippet of the album but it’s a strong example of her sound as well.
No Place can be preordered as a clear water vinyl before its June 01 release from Bandcamp. It can be purchased in all digital outlets or streamed wherever you stream music now.
Image Credits: Photo by Eunice Beck.