This morning we’re bringing you something a little lighter and relaxing, but all the same hugely enjoyable to ease you into the new week.
Canadian singer-songwriter Daniel Moir has a delightful brand of laid-back folky rock that I first encountered when I lived in Vancouver some eight years ago. Back then I reviewed his debut EP, The Country And The Sea, and he’s now on the verge of releasing his third album Swing and Sway on November 1st, following previous releases Road and Monday Morning.
The new album’s lead single Seize Your Day is a feel-good track that showcases Moir’s musical versatility, featuring African drums, chilled out vocals, acoustic guitar chords and electric guitar solos thrown in for good measure. It’s got all sorts going on but is pieced together beautifully and his voice is superb.
While Moir’s music is fairly folk-rocky in style, it dips its toes into all manner of influences. When discussing his favourite music he mentions the Low song Try to Sleep and Ray LeMontagne’s album Gossip in the Grain.
He said: “The first time I heard Jimi Hendrix I was hooked. After I played my first show at 12 years old I knew instantly it was all I wanted to do. I really love the work of Bonnie Prince Billy (Will Oldham). He has probably influenced me more than anyone else I can think of.”
Another track from the new album is the delicious track Sorry, which showcases Moir’s great vocals and gradually builds to conclude with a delightful guitar solo. Check out the video below:
I caught up with Daniel this week – for the first time in probably seven years! – to get his take on the new album and how his music has evolved.
Daniel told me: “Basically everything that goes on in my life influences me to write. Each album ends up being an unintentional autobiography of a certain period of my life. It doesn’t have to be events, necessarily, just whatever I’m thinking about at the time.
“Making music and the sharing of it makes me feel fulfilled and allows me to express myself. That is enough reward for me.”
The new album came after Daniel had a spell travelling in Asia.
“I guess the return in the music industry is never equal to what you put into it. It takes a lot of work to see a little reward. I am unsigned and stopped chasing labels a long time ago – I don’t think it’s necessarily the best way to go anymore.”
Daniel’s frustrations with the industry are totally understandable, but the more brilliant, talented artists like him in it the better the music world will be.
Daniel is promoting the new album in Canada right now and has tentative plans to come to the UK in the next couple of months. If he does, you’ll find out first right here!