South-London multifaceted artist Daniel Alexander has released his new single ‘Separatehood’, via rising French label Maison Ainsi.
Anticipation has been steadily building for the poignant singer-songwriter, his recently released singles ‘DOUBLEGLAZEDGAZEDOWN’ and ‘The Gulf’, saw praises from key publications such as Clash, The Independent, Indie London, culminating with Metro making him their ‘Artist of The Day’. His yearnful vocals, strong socio-political message and powerful visual identity have marked him out as one of next year’s potential breakout artists, and with support growing across radio from Amazing Radio playlisting ‘DOUBLEGLAZEDGAZEDOWN’ to plays on Huw Stephens’ BBC Radio 1, Zane Lowe’s Beats and John Kennedy’s Radio X, is safe to say that ‘Separatehood’, will cement his as a bonafide songwriting talent.
Produced and mixed by My Bloody Valentine, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart and Dream Wife collaborator Andy Savours and recorded in one live take, ‘Separatehood’ “is the older sister to the DIY sketches previously produced from my Lewisham flat,” explains Daniel about the recording process, “Andy was able to lift the sonics away from claustrophobia, to something clearer headed and brighter, despite the track being perhaps more internalised than the others. Working with Savours was revelatory, he was able to transmute his knowledge and experience into the process.”
The political and social commentary which characterised his previous releases, are here elevated by a state of disconnection from the self, from one’s core identity – ‘Separatehood’ as Daniel explains – “is about the aloneness that affects us; the fractured sense of human community we share in the modern West. Our separatehood keeps us tied to ourselves, unable to realise a peaceful collective future in the face of a present ‘lead’ by the predatory, the sociopathic and the rapacious.”
The former member of a band, which, after two album releases on one the UK’s most celebrated independent labels, were on the verge of mainstream success, Daniel Alexander’s recent output has developed from a type dissenting isolation to toward something broader and more embracing. His early solo efforts include ‘Trains’ – released on Yuksek’s label Partyfine compilation ‘Partyfine – Vol.2’ – and ‘the moments u had but were never at’, which was premiered on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1, and also included on the Killing Moon compilation ‘New Moons Vol. VI.
With upcoming live shows including Mirrors Festival in London on 28th October, as well as support slots including mighty post-rockers Klangstof in Paris on 22nd November and opening for Local Natives’ Kelcey Ayer solo project as Jaws of Love. EU and UK tour in 2018, Daniel Alexander is set to become a real force to be reckoned with.
Nov 22nd – Le Pop Up-Du Label – Paris, France – w/ Klangstof
Jan 27th – Pratchtwerk – Berlin, Germany – w/ Jaws of Love,
Jan 30th – Nest – Gent, Belgium – w/Jaws of Love,
Jan 31st – Le Pop Up-Du Label – Paris, France – w/ Jaws of Love,
Feb 2nd – Moth Club – London, UK – w/ Jaws of Love
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