Daniel Wesley

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Daniel Wesley   Time for Leaving
Daniel Wesley - It
Daniel Wesley - Pilgrimage
Daniel Wesley - You Aint Shit
Daniel Wesley - It
Daniel Wesley - Ooo Ohh
Layde Maybe - Daniel Wesley
Daniel Wesley   Something That You Do
Daniel Wesley - Drunk + Stoned
My Pony - Daniel Wesley
Daniel Wesley - Fade Me (By:Jão)
Daniel Wesley - Driftin
Daniel Wesley - It
Radio - Daniel Wesley
Lonely Life - Daniel Wesley
Diggy - Daniel Wesley
Untitled - Daniel Wesley
In the winter of 2008, for two night’s running, Daniel Wesley mounted the stage before a sold out crowd at Vancouver’s 1000 capacity Commodore Ballroom. The venerable concert hall has seen its share of local artists, but Wesley’s extraordinary two-night stand was something different; a grass roots event without precedent, based on the cyclonic success of an independently produced, windswept reggae-bomb called "Ooo Ohh". The most requested song of the year on powerhouse local radio king 99. 3 The Fox, "Ooo Ohh" is and always will be and solid-gold, no-shit, genuine phenomenon - the kind of thing that very, very occasionally cuts through all known conventions based on nothing more than it’s own mojo. Same goes for Sing + Dance, the breezy full-length it came from.

“I don’t see it as the last song I’m ever gonna write that people are gonna like,” Wesley offers, some 18 months later. The soft-spoken 27 year-old singer-songerwriter tends to have a Zen-like disposition at the best of times, but with his recently completed new album - Wesley’s first with 604 Records – his composure is entirely justified. The self-titled album is a quantum leap for the industrious young artist, who found himself vacating the producer’s chair for the first time in a stridently DIY, three-album career.

Dave Genn took over the knob-twiddling on the new album, but the increasingly acclaimed producer wasn’t the only luxury Wesley could finally afford. “We were in the studio for five months,” he says, his tone suggesting that he still barely believes it. “On previous recordings we haven’t had more than five days to record the whole album, and with very small budgets. So that was a big part of the picture.”

Genn also threw some particularly tasty keyboard parts into the mix, bringing Wesley’s inimitably hummable songs to a nice boil on numbers like the dubwise and Space-Echo drenched “Something That You Do”, which arrives on a relaxed and bassy fade-in that’ll remind more seasoned listeners of the Police’s “The Bed’s Too Big Without You”.

“Something That You Do” is the most explicitly Caribbean sounding of the 12 originals. Determined to “not place myself in a hole I can’t get out of,” Wesley - along with bassist Darren Parris bass, and drummer Tim Proznick - turned up the pop for numbers like “Drunk and Stoned”, and “It’ll Be You”.

Wesley sees the latter as “the whole classic pop love song, about a girl that you love and you’re just telling her how much she means to you.” The former, meanwhile, offers a bridge between Wesley then and Wesley now. The singer happily confesses that “Drunk and Stoned” is lightweight in conception if not execution, but there’s no ignoring the force magnifying effect of a gang vocal that enters the picture at the two-and-a-half minute mark. “I’m probably gonna make ‘Drunk and Stoned’ beer coasters,” Wesley chuckles. “I think people in Alberta would buy that.”