Wait, I need you to listen to me right now – this is a lofty statement but I’m prepared to make it and mean it. I’ve been listening to the There Is Danger album Living Dreams and it is incredible – it’s like a mix between The Beach Boys and Grizzly Bear. Simply stated, they declare themselves one of the “pop” genre but there’s something more here, something with more depth. By depth, I don’t mean it in any pretentious way, but in the more literal way of multiple dimensions of musical layers and cadence. Each song develops from a faint sound that grows into a complicated mix of percussion, weaving in and out of vocals that range from happy to exaltingly sad.
Who are you, There Is Danger? Ills Riske, Stefan Handlong, Daniel Ybarra, Bryan Garay, Jake Arrington, and Kevin Vaughn-Brubake. Say those back and forth five times fast. All joking aside, they’re a collective of talented musicians from Phoenix, Arizona. Ills, previous frontman of The Whisperlights, comes to us with a project that produces music carefully crafted and well thought out. Each song on the Living Dreams album, available via Bandcamp, has it’s own personal Gauguin-esque tropical hand painted image.
The pride and care put into each song gushes out of them; they’re all packed full of layered percussion and, as the group state on their bio, “big voices, small voices, guitars, drums, bass, violins, flutes, melodicas, a variety of keyboards and drums.” A dreamy mixture of surfy, shoegazey, poppy goodness. I guess the best music is almost indescribable – which I’m definitely feeling from listening to this album. They are also kind enough to offer free downloads of this lovely album on their site – I mean, what more else could you ask for?
A hug maybe. Until then, I urge you to take an aural gander and get lost among the progressions. Take a moment to truly disconnect, listen to the album in its entirety in one sitting (if you have the ability to escape from everything else) and really listen. There Is Danger takes you on a wonderful journey.