Dan Leigh | The Shortest Life

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The Shortest Life

by Dan Leigh

Big Soundscapes, Soaring Melodies, Ethereal Pop
Genre: Pop: British Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Light of Day
4:50 $0.80
2. Frozen Year
4:34 $0.80
3. Away
3:03 $0.80
4. These Twisting Paths
5:26 $0.80
5. A Lost Dream
3:36 $0.80
6. Staircase
3:13 $0.80
7. Up Here
4:16 $0.80
8. For Good
3:20 $0.80
9. Bluebirds
3:23 $0.80
10. To the Stars
4:24 $0.80
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Album Notes
Dan Leigh's career began when multi-platinum producer/musican Scott Mathews offered to produce his first album. Dan jumped at the chance and soon after recorded his debut album "The Shortest Life" which was released in 2004. Equal parts textured and melodic, the album has gradually found many fans, including indie filmmakers and music supervisors. Dan's songs tend to follow conventional song structure, but tend to have unconventional instrumentation. It's not unusual to find an african thumb piano or a squeezebox on one of Dan's tracks. Although, Dan makes use of conventional instruments also and you'll often hear Hammond organs and synthesizers as well as various electric and acoustic guitars. Dan has branched out somewhat since then, and has been recording production music in addition to his singer/songwriter material. A multi-instrumentalist and trained sound engineer, Dan is able to record and mix high-quality production music himself but he prefers to collaborate on his singer/songwriter albums. That's why he recorded his "Meaningful Nonsense EP" in 2007 with Scott Mathews and Tom Luekens. That EP has the same textured nuance as "The Shortest Life" but with a more epic feel.

Dan's music can be heard in shows on the following networks:
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Lovely sounds
Wonderful music. Dan Leigh definitely deserves more recognition for his work. One can praise his use of unconventional instruments. Beautiful sounds. Truly. I recommend everyone to give this album a fair listen. You might just find a gem.

Norman Cotton

Bluebirds Around A Twin Star...
These are tunes made of stars and the night and a field full of the moon with one whippoorwill to match the weather of one's walk. Truly top-notch music, all of it wonderfully made with an introspective bent and a rich dreamy life. Dan Leigh is a songwriter who understands we dream more often awake than asleep.

The song "Away" really touched me with its melancholy in restraint. "Bluebirds" felt like lyrical cinema and it plays like a forgotten memory. There are moments when Leigh's voice reaches heights far beyond the typical pop song range, a vocal line that enters the mood of boy choirs singing for the liturgy, where in his words: "The Church doors have closed to the clergyman."

Leigh is always reaching and dreaming higher, to the farthest point possible; his songs are a dreamer's struggle with the wish for transcendence in a place of gravity. He wants to recall what we lose after childhood, not only the innocence but how there's a timelessness in a laidback melancholy even in the midst of nature.

Recalling such bands as Travis or Radiohead, these are songs that tie the soul by its umbilical cord to the body, where spirit is pinned by matter, only to find in the voice a shining, shimmering, alchemical star. The greatest yearning we have is mourning for what we cannot name, a mute feeling that goes beyond language's capability of expression. And so it's best expressed in ethereal melodies and tone poems, bells interwoven with dark keyboards and textured guitars, all of it containing the various changing light of day, the wings of a bluebird, the moon over the night sea.

This breathtaking album is a great achievement, poetic without striving for too many roses, music that answers Gauguin's question: "Where are we going and why are we here?" It just might be that Dan Leigh's music is eternity at a moment's notice, the timelessness of time.