Daniel Martin Moore - In the Cool of the Day

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Folk, Gospel, Indie
Sub Pop Records
Daniel Martin Moore
In the Cool of the Day
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Some people have a love-hate relationship with anything close to folk music. Most of this, at least in my case, comes from an artist’s overindulgence in their craft and turning every song into a speed competition. Truth is, some of that music is enjoyable, but it really doesn’t hold much of a candle to the slower brethren in the genre. Daniel Martin Moore isn’t folk by definition, but his approach combines a little indie rock, a little folk and a bit of jazz to create something soothing and effortless in execution. Even though In the Cool of the Day is made up of renditions of classic spiritual numbers, Moore’s intentions shine through the simple arrangements you’ll hear on this album in a way that you can appreciate his talents regardless of what you believe.

As Moore’s soothing voice introduces the album in opener “All Ye Tenderhearted”, it truly sets the tone for what is to be heard through the rest of this album – simply written and performed versions of a number of familiar tunes with Moore’s twists meshed into them. Though it is a quick introduction to what we are to hear, the delicate guitars lead effortlessly in the twangy guitar melodies of “Dark Road”, a song that is a stellar example of the simplicity Moore channels throughout In the Cool of the Day. “In the Garden” does the same, though this time funneling a smooth bass line and a bright, yet delicate piano part into one lighthearted background track to the superb vocals on this song. What makes all of this work so effortlessly though? Though most people know a number of these songs pretty well, Moore doesn’t really try to keep these arrangements strictly to their original counterparts – and he keeps the whole thing honest by doing so. Whether it is the piano-driven heart-tugger “Softly & Tenderly” or the just fast enough “Up Above My Head”, Moore doesn’t try to create anything overly produced or extravagant, which makes it much easier to enjoy these tracks than if he tried to do something much more intricate.

It would be nice to hear Moore and company turn up the tempo a bit on some of these numbers, as many of them beckon thoughts of a energetic singalong in a southern baptist church. Similarly, it would be nice to hear him do something 100% original on this album, but at the same time that will lead anyone intrigued by Moore’s work to seek other albums by him in the process. It really is a double-edged sword.

In the end though, Moore has crafted a wonderful album of smartly envisioned recreations that brings back memories of gospel classics. Whether or not you believe in the subject matter of these songs, you can still appreciate the skillful songwriting found on In the Cool of the Day.

1. All Ye Tenderhearted
2. Dark Road
3. O My Soul
4. In the Garden
5. Closer Walk With Thee
6. Up Above My Head
7. Softly and Tenderly
8. In the Cool of the Day
9. It is Well With My Soul
10. Lay Down Your Lonesome Burden
11. Set Things Aright
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