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"Written and recorded in Hawaii and New Zealand, Summer Storm - Daniel's sixth solo outing - references laidback island life with the ukulele's nylon strings, while wrapping it up in the kind of dynamic folk/indie-rock/electronic feel..."

8 MP3 Songs
FOLK: Modern Folk, ROCK: Roots Rock



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Albums by Daniel Gannaway:
Album 6 - 2005 - SUMMER STORM | A collection of ukelele ditties
Album 5 - 2004 - darling one year
Album 4 - 2001 - Bound and Suburban
Album 3 - 2000 - Bootlegged at the Temple
Album 2 - 1999 - flashback*
Album 1 - 1998 - FINE BY ME

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Album 1 - 2004 - the kidameln lo-fi

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Review - SUMMER STORM | a collection of ukulele ditties

Many times, an album has been sparked by an artist's discovery/rediscovery of a new or unusual instrument, and sometimes it's worked (Todd Rundgren's A Capella experiment of the human voice as every instrument) and just as many times it hasn't. This is one of those times where it really works. New Zealand-based indie rocker Daniel Gannaway constructed this somewhere-between-EP-and-LP-length collection on a simple premise: every song would feature the ukelele in some fashion. (Yes, you read right, the ukelele.) Recorded in NZ and Hawaii, Summer Storm takes that premise, and the instrument itself, through several permutations, and it all manages to work, largely thanks to Gannaway's reliable gifts in the songwriting department. Oddly enough, and this isn't a crack about originality or the lack thereof, the ukelele's role here reminded me of the shock value of the mandolin as a lead instrument in R.E.M.'s Losing My Religion. It's front and center on every song, though the tone of the songs shifts from light and breezy (Across The Sea, which reminded me curiously of early, pre-electric Split Enz) to more straight-ahead rock (Talking Story, which was the song that made me think of the Losing My Religion comparison in the first place), with stops at several stylistic destinations in between. Someone's clearly having fun putting the ukelele through its paces, though again, the songs are the key - they're all good enough on their own, unusual arrangements or not, to stand up. But any preconceptions you have about the ukelele in terms of strumming away at old tropical island tunes may not stand up after you hear this one - in a few places, it's some real rock 'n' roll. If you're in the mood for something different, this is some good stuff.

Reviewed by Earl Green
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Daniel Gannaway

SUMMER STORM | a collection of ukulele ditties

Written and recorded in Hawaii and New Zealand, Summer Storm - Daniel's sixth solo outing - references laidback island life with the ukulele's nylon strings, while wrapping it up in the kind of dynamic folk/indie-rock/ electronic feel that's been gradually evolving throughout the singer/songwriter's catalogue, particularly on the past two albums - 2001's Bound and Suburban and darling one year, released end of last year.

"...A symbol of innocent merriment," as described in Paradise of the Pacific (1917), the ukulele epitomises Hawaiian lifestyle and the 'aloha' spirit. Popularised by the Waikiki Beachboys in the early part of last century, the ukulele had something of a heyday in the 1920s and '30s, when Hawaii was still a far off tropical island filled with mystery and romance. Though now firmly into the 21st century, this romance and mystery is captured beautifully on Summer Storm.

Recording for the first time without guitar, Daniel's lilt on the ukulele and his trademark evocative lyrical content creates a distinct and fully-formed sound which is a journey in itself. Mixing Hawaiian references throughout - particularly in the environmental song No Mall At Sharks Cove, earlier released as an overnight recording in support of Friends of Sharks Cove (a Hawaiian Nonprofit Organization) - with social observation and personal insight (tipping his hat to political writer/ filmmaker Michael Moore in the cynically stated A Just Senator), Daniel combines his eclectic influences to deliver an album of light, frangipani-laced airiness and incisive, resonating cultural insight.

Set against this background, Daniel has welcomed back his darling one year contributors, Michael Brennan (Phonoss/the Stung/kidameln/the Feds/7 dials) on bass and Stan Leboy (theNOWawol/kidameln) on drums/ keyboards & loops. Together, the trio has created a warm, optimistic and cohesive album. Further, with the release based around the uniquely evocative ukulele, Summer Storm is an album unlike anything you'd expect.

Summer Storm is a welcome new chapter in this talented singer-songwriter's ongoing story.


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"...Down to earth and laid back, it has none of the musical tension of trying too hard or the injection of false emotions. Suburban folky and bohemian chic, it [darling one year] ties up agreeably layered and distorted vocals into an angst-ridden, quirky pop as catchy as The Strokes but easily as mysteriously engaging as James Keenan Maynard..." - Indie-Music

"...A perfect blend of lyrics, emotion and rhythm...If your looking for some refreshing new music for the soul, I whole-heartedly recommend darling one year as a must have for your collection." - https://www.tradebit.com

"...like walking alone on the beach at night and seeing Jim Morrison and Jeff Buckley strumming and singing at the water's edge..." - Indie-Music

"...Gannaway's music brings to mind an updated Velvet Underground..." - Splendid E-zine

"...these tracks could well have been written by the love child of David Kilgour, especially (and use your
imagination here) if the other 'parent' was David Byrne (Talking Heads)..." - NZ Musician Magazine


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Lyrics to songs on 'SUMMER STORM' below.
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Track 01 - Across the sea

Oh my love
You're so far away
Waiting in those islands
Across the sea
I can't wait
I can't wait

To see you my love once more
To see you my love once more
To see you my love once more
To see your happy face
Loving embrace
You're in my arms again

Oh my love
You're so far away
I'll soon make that journey
Across the sea
I can't wait
I can't wait

To see you my love once more
To see you my love once more
To see you my love once more
To see your happy face loving embrace
You're in my arms again

So I'm singing this song to close the distance
So I'm singing this song to close the distance
So I'm singing this song to close the distance

Music & Lyrics by Daniel Gannaway/Apra © 2005

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Track 02 - In heaven

In heaven
It rained all night the paths afloat
In heaven
Palm fronds fell that wind so strong
In heaven
Outer reefs broke that giant surf
In heaven
Center of the storm the lagoon was calm

In heaven
In heaven

In heaven
Razorbacks plunge that windward edge
In heaven
A sea haze lifts over valleys and cliffs

In heaven
In heaven
In heaven
In heaven

In heaven
Red dirt stains all manner of things
In heaven
The trades resume and the sun will soon

Music & Lyrics by Daniel Gannaway/Apra © 2005

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Track 03 - Doug's little love shack

Doug's little love shack on the North Shore
Made for one to have fun there's room for one more
A short walk to Pipeline watch the surfers ride
Their skill and their daring is a dream for you and I

At Doug's little love shack
At Doug's little love shack
Love shack
Love shack

At Doug's little love shack on the North Shore
When the giant swells break you really hear them roar
The ground shakes the trees sway the coconuts fall
Whitewater on the beach path will wake you if you snore

At Doug's little love shack
At Doug's little love shack
Love shack
Love shack

Shack of love

At Doug's little love shack on the North Shore
There's so much aloha you'll stay forever more
But if you start a family you'll have to add a room
Doug's little love shack's made for one plus you

Music & Lyrics by Daniel Gannaway/Apra © 2005

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Track 04 - No mall at Sharks Cove

Give them an inch and
Well they'll take a mile
Turn a cinema into McDonalds
Say 'Oh how did that happen last night?'
Now say hello to McRonald

If we want country
Let's keep it country
If we want town
Let's go to town
We don't need any mall in Sharks Cove
We've already got enough of them sharks around
Swimming around

They'll ask twice as much so
They get just what they want
When we compromise
Let them make a start
Soon more buildings
Will be popping up
'Till we won't recognise country
And we wish they'd stop

If we want country
Let's keep it country
If we want town
Let's go to town
We don't need any mall in Sharks Cove
We've already got enough of them sharks around

Swimming around

Developing it up like hell
Like Hell

If we really need to go Oahu's got Costco
Ala Moana in Honolulu
Do we really need more parking lots in paradise?
We want real progress then let's preserve this place

If we want country, let's keep it country
If we want town, let's go to town
We don't need any mall in Sharks Cove
We've already got enough of them sharks around

Swimming around
Swimming around

Music & Lyrics by Daniel Gannaway/Apra © 2005

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Track 05 - Talking story

Sunny days we're all hanging out
The wireless gets the news around
I heard this but you heard it like that
A ninth hand version so let's add our own twist to it

Pretty soon
All of us we're talking story
Recounting with updated theory
Animating all the glory
Giving us more than story

Sunny days we're all hanging out
Remembering what being young was like
Some things just get better with age
Some are better read from memory's page

Pretty soon
All of us we're talking story
Recounting with updated theory
Animating all the glory
Giving us more than story

More than story
Talking story

Sunny days we're all hanging out
Exchanging views on what life is about
Maybe there's nothig more to it
Than taking time to share for enrichment

Music & Lyrics by Daniel Gannaway/Apra © 2005

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Track 06 - Silver lining

You're floating off up into the sky
You're now looking for that silver lining
You're floating off up into the sky
You're now looking for that silver lining

I think you've found it

You're floating beyond my reach of site
I can see a hint of silver in the light
You're floating beyond my reach of site
I can see a hint of silver in the light

I think you've found it

I think that you've found your silver lining

I think you've found it

Music & Lyrics by Daniel Gannaway/Apra © 2005

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Track 07 - A just senator

You're a just senator
Hypocrisy is not your fare

You're sending your children off to war
Just like those of the middle class and those of the poor
You agree with this it's democratic and fair
Your children proudly serving over there

You're a just senator
Hypocrisy is not your fare

You're sending your children off to war
Just like those of the middle class and those of the poor
You serve the government but as a parent you care
That they don't die for lies while they're over there

You're a just senator
Hypocrisy is not your fare

Music & Lyrics by Daniel Gannaway/Apra © 2005

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Track 08 - Summer storm

Summer storm on the horizon
Rolling in across the ocean

I see that rainbow bringing pennies from heaven

So here we stand on the edge of the land
Watching earth move while holding hands

I see that rainbow bringing pennies from heaven

Pennies falling raining on the ground
I'm so happy that I'm here with you now

Make a wish

Music & Lyrics by Daniel Gannaway/Apra © 2005

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