Dan Casey, “Playing Games”

Sjimon Gompers

Dan Casey ain't playing games. (photo by May Lin Le Goff)

Dan Casey recently joined us for a discussion and a listen to his title track, “Empty City“, and this week gives a listen to the slow strummed, “Playing Games”. The Yalls frontman approaches his solo work with an unplugged ear, that still provides subtle electronic touches that swim off into the handcrafted Bay winds.

The minimalist edge Casey employs a sound spun from his Berkeley nest with a folk fringe state of mind and solo sensibility. Every chord is held on to with every strike of the string, as the sound of his voice and light electronic guitar touches rise into the atmopheric ether. At no point does any amplified or electronic element steal the show away from the stark beauty and simplicity of “Games”. The confrontational-meditational song moves with the rate of water winding down a rock garden brook, where the brief appearance of bass synth bars sounds like the ribbit of a bullfrog making a cameo while wading in the stream's undercurrent.

Dan Casey's Empty City will be available October 22 on 12″ vinyl pressings limited to 300 through Ceremony Recordings.

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