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Stranger Land

by Dan Kaplan

Acoustic, indie folk, contemporary folk, blues, and modern rock in a unique mix.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Around the Bend
4:28 $0.99
2. To Stay With You Again, Tonight
4:21 $0.99
3. Before I Go
3:29 $0.99
4. Goodbye Blue Monday
4:35 $0.99
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Album Notes
In a small town outside of New York City, Dan Kaplan wrote his first song at age 3. When he turned 15 he picked up his first guitar and started learning from the nomenclature of the blues and traditional American folk music; songs from Bob Dylan and the Beatles, and guitar greats like Jimi Hendrix and Chuck Berry. Music quickly became an obsession and has been ever since.

Throughout high school, Dan fronted several different bands playing classic rock covers and developing as a live performer. "I remember the feeling just before a show," he recalls, "that nervous energy that makes your stomach turn. But I also remember that raw energy when the first note hits...everything else disappears."

Soon after high school, it became clear that writing and performing his own songs was his true passion. He jokingly admits, "songwriting was kind of like a disease. And now that I have it, it just keeps getting worse...Somedays, I can't stop writing for even one second."

While attending Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, Dan played with indie band Autos and Airplanes, acclaimed alt-country rockers The Still, and was involved with diverse projects recording and producing. Now with the release of his second EP Stranger Land, he's taking up the reigns again fronting his own band, playing original songs from his extensive catalogue.



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jackie schwartz

loved it
I loved the mellow, soulful sound of these songs. Thought provoking with a little edge, and not at all sappy. Anyone will be able to relate to, relax to and enjoy this music. Keep it coming!

Brian Roelofs

Worth the Trip
With only four songs to make an impression, Dan Kaplan's "Stranger Land" succeeds as a songwriting cycle in a way that some full albums never achieve. While touching on familiar twentysomething themes like relationships and trials by fire, there is a maturity flowing through these songs that transcends the material. That maturity makes its way to the surface on the EP's stunning closer, "Goodbye Blue Monday," a tale from the road that is at once fresh and familiar at the same time.

The production values of Coldplay, the earthiness of Bruce Springsteen, and the raw energy of Ryan Adams are all here yet Kaplan manages not to be derivative of any of the above. Kaplan has clearly surveyed the landscape of the modern singer-songwriter and has set out to carve a path through it of his own. In "Around the Bend," our song's protagonist claims "I've been down on the bottom/Climbed my way to the top." Here's hoping that's just a dose of youthful bravado, and there's still more to come.


Mr Kaplan
I bought this CD cause I've got a very close friend of mina who's called Dan Kaplan too and he's from NY and is a guitar player too and writes songs so good that the other Dan Kaplan