Single Review: Daniel Pearson – 4th July

By on Friday, 17th June 2016 at 1:00 pm
 

Words by Aine Cronin-McCartney

Acclaimed Americana troubadour Daniel Pearson’s latest musical offering ‘4th July’ is a compelling 3 minutes of chugging guitars and enthusiastic harmonica playing. The song, which will be released this coming Friday, instantly captivates, with Pearson’s own signature styling of country and pop, amalgamated together to create the perfect mesmeric melody.

Having previously released his music independently, Pearson is certainly a rare, but true indie artist, something which has proved valuable to his appeal. This charm has helped him to amass a legion of dedicated fans through word of mouth and has meant success both in real life and on social media. Over the course of three albums, Pearson has honed his own sound alternating between acoustic narratives, to poignant country rock and simple garage blues. Arriving at the sound we can hear on ‘4th July’ with visceral vocals and intuitive melodies, Pearson has made sure to set himself apart from the well churned out pop machine of artists we are so used to hearing.

Pearson’s lyrics on this song are efficiently simple but yet effective. Together with his seductive vocal tone, he’s crafted the consummate country ballad. Citing Elliot Smith, Guthrie and Springsteen as significant influences, it comes as no surprise that many of Pearson’s songs contain lyrical tales entwined throughout his tracks. This one tells us of deceit, dishonesty and love gone awry.

The harmonies present are incredibly reminiscent of Johnny and June on some of their famous songs such as ‘Jackson’. The inclusion of a female vocal helps create a feeling of friction and tension between two fighting lovers. The emotional effortlessness of the lyrics ‘I told a lie on the 4th of July, I said you were the only one’, while unassuming, will still strike a chord with anyone who has been lied to or betrayed in a relationship When combined with the song’s intricate instrumentation and appealing arrangement, with its up-tempo and lively atmosphere, helps make ‘4th July’ an infectiously delicious and addictive country pop number.

7/10

‘4th July’, the new single by Daniel Pearson, is out today, the 17th of June, on Saint in the City. For more on Pearson on TGTF, go here.

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