by Dave Segal
on Wed, Aug 22, 2012 at 11:02 AM
Pennsylvania vocalist/producer Daughn Gibson has signed with Sub Pop Records. His debut release for the Seattle label is due in 2013. To stoke anticipation for this event, Sub Pop and Gibson are making the track "Reach Into the Fire" available for download/streaming now. The track samples fellow Sub Popsters Shabazz Palaces ("An echo from the hosts that profess infinitum") and Tiny Vipers (“Slow Motion” and “Life on Earth”). Gibson's deep voice recalls that of Scott Walker and Johnny Cash while his production technique hews closer to James Blake and Jamie Woon's. It's an intriguing, non-gimmicky hybrid of country and electronic music that few are exploring. Gibson is simply a strong, emotive songwriter who's using sampling and digital technology to realize his aims rather than more traditional methods.
Sub Pop are absolutely thrilled to announce that Daughn Gibson has joined their label roster. The charismatic crooner and sound sculptor, will release his label debut worldwide on Sub Pop in 2013. To commemorate the occasion Gibson has recorded a new song that demonstrates his striking and deft facility with sample-based music. Daughn’s new “Reach Into the Fire” samples the Shabazz Palaces track “An echo from the hosts that profess infinitum” and the Tiny Vipers songs “Slow Motion” and “Life on Earth” to create something wholly his own. You should download that track now.
Daughn Gibson’s debut album, All Hell, earned praise from Pitchfork, SPIN, FILTER, Austin Chronicle, Baltimore City Paper, Philadelphia Weekly, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Brooklyn Vegan, Tiny Mix Tapes, The Needle Drop, and more. All Hell is out now on White Denim Records.
Pitchfork included All Hell in its "Overlooked Albums of 2012" feature, and said: "Gibson's excellent debut heavily relies on crackly samples of old country and Christian gospel records, and he borrows from those musical forms' history of storytelling, too, a narrative gift most directly channeled on the father-daughter-episode-of-"COPS" lament “Tiffany Lou.” None of these elements would carry as much haunting emotional resonance without the presence of Gibson's voice, a deep, cavernous instrument that draws flashpoint comparisons in sound to both Scott Walker and James Blake. More than anything, Gibson's debut sounds warm, fully realized, and lived-in. It's as if he's been doing this for years, and it inspires hope that he continues to do so for years to come."
Meanwhile SPIN included All Hell in their “40 Best Albums of the Year...So Far.” SPIN says, "On his solo debut, All Hell, he's able to work all sorts of dark magic, uncovering a lonesome, nocturnal space that's shared by tears-in-your-beer, end-of-the-world jukebox country and sample-based, post-Burial electronic pop. He's a honky-tonk spaceman who, at one time, earned his daily wage as a truck driver. He sounds like it."
Daughn Gibson will tour in support of All Hell for the remainder of 2012. His late summer tour begins tonight, August 22 in Chicago, IL at the Vic and ends September 7 in Portland, OR at Star Theater, as part of Music Fest Northwest. Along the way he'll support Yeasayer (August 21-September 1) and perform at FYF Fest in Los Angeles, CA (September 2). On September 11, Daughn will play a one-off show in Allentown, PA at The Sportsman Cafe with Merchandise. Then on October 29, he will hit the road for a short tour, which begins in Chicago, IL at the Empty Bottle and ends on November 7 in Atlanta, GA at the Earl. The latter trek also includes a performance in Austin, TX at Fun Fun Fun Fest (Nov. 3-4).