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Midnight Sunrise

by Dan Aaronson and Friends

Dan Aaronson and Friends combine elements of late-20th century synth rock and piano pop with immersive jams and splashes of electronica to create a timeless and distinctive sound.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Tomorrow Is the Day You've Been Waiting For
5:21 $0.99
2. Full-Time Dad
3:47 $0.99
3. More Time Than I've Got
4:32 $0.99
4. Just Keep
4:56 $0.99
5. Where You Need to Be
5:15 $0.99
6. When You See It You Will Know
3:07 $0.99
7. Hard Place and a Rock
4:00 $0.99
8. March of the Musk Ox (Spring Is Born)
9:20 album only
9. Midnight Sunrise
4:10 $0.99
10. Seen It All
3:12 $0.99
11. Marathon Day
2:59 album only
12. Before It Was Gone
6:47 $0.99
13. Don't Close the Door
8:47 album only
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Album Notes
Dan Aaronson and Friends combine elements of late-20th century synth rock and piano pop with immersive jams and splashes of electronica to create a timeless and distinctive sound. The album marks the return of multi-talented songwriter and keyboardist Dan Aaronson, who made his professional musical debut in the early 2000s as a founding member of the Tufts University-based jam band Redshift 6. Following the release of his jazz- and new age-infused solo instrumental album Daylight Savings in 2003, the Boston native relocated to Chicago and ultimately traded his day job as an attorney and mediator for that of a full-time dad. In between diaper changes and play dates, he began hosting weekly jams in his basement with a loose coterie of friends and strangers. Inspired by these collaborations, Aaronson began composing and recording a new album encapsulating his days, both real and imagined. With musical contributors drawn from Aaronson’s friends and family both near and far, Midnight Sunrise features the talents of guitarists/vocalists Tim Weber and Jonny Aaronson, bassist Chris Blomquist, vocalist Neeloofar Haghighat Jenks and violinist McKenna Glorioso.
The versatile album kicks off with “Tomorrow Is the Day You’ve Been Waiting For,” a classic rock jam featuring timeless harmonies and a lead guitar hook that could have been plucked from a Phish rave-up. The tuneful “Full-Time Dad” then brings the listener back to Earth – which doesn’t sound like a half-bad place to be, as Aaronson describes it. “More Time Than I’ve Got” nods to Aaronson’s progressive rock influences, and bluesy ballad “Just Keep” features strings, guitars and compelling vocal harmonies. The Beach Boys-meets-Ben Folds “Where You Need To Be” elevates and energizes before the album takes a jazzier turn with the Genesis-inflected “When You See It You Will Know.” The Doorsy organ and towering guitars of “Hard Place and a Rock” throw the album into overdrive and provide the ideal soundtrack for aggressively decorating a gingerbread house. The epic “March of the Musk Ox / Spring Is Born” suite balances an urgent lyrical delivery with the organic sounds of the piano, accordion, ukulele and violin. Title track “Midnight Sunrise” lulls listeners into an almost dreamlike state before bursting into a danceable and Bruce Hornsby-esque coda. The synth-heavy “Seen It All” features standout fretwork from guitarist Jonny Aaronson as it builds to a wistful crescendo. “Marathon Day” echoes the immortal words of Red Sox slugger David Ortiz in paying defiant tribute to the iconic Boston footrace, while the poignant duet “Before It Was Gone” evokes a mood of nostalgic reminiscence. The album’s breezy closing track “Don’t Close the Door” feels like one big, satisfying exhale before the listener is jolted to attention by a ‘hidden’ track. Midnight Sunrise is genre-bending rock music that finds its place squarely in the 21st century.

Produced by Dan Aaronson and Gunnar Jebsen
Mixed and mastered by Gunnar Jebsen (GJ Audio)
Album art and design by Jonny Aaronson



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