Dan Webb is an artist who refuses to be boxed in. His newest album "Sunshine/Dialogue" is a masterclass in genre-bending and pushing imaginative boundaries. In his recording, Webb combines electronic, rock, classical, and original influences in creative and surprising ways, yielding a piece that remains riveting from beginning to end.
We begin the album with "Drifter" with funky guitar riffs supported by lively violin lines that dance above. Yet the cello grounds the track with its low register and weighty notes, anchoring the other instruments and keeping the piece from floating away into the ether.
"A Good Song (feat. Greg Saunier)," is a post-modern commentary on the concept of harmonious goodness. Transgressive synths and a pulsing bassline provide a backdrop for Webb and Greg Saunier to question the limiting core of labels like "good" or "bad." As it goes, "The idea of a good song has been abused. ...You want the opposite. You want a good song to become undefined." This rebellious spirit pervades the entire song.
"Europa" blends stunning strings with electronic beats to grand effect. This fun rhythm, merged with Niki Yaghmaee’s violin, gives the track a cinematic quality. Webb wrote and recorded this song on a tiny 25-note keyboard, a testament to his ability to create monumental sounds from minimal means.
The tracks "Sungenre" and "Ice Kachang" showcase Webb’s genre alchemy. "Sungenre" mashes up rock and electronic drops, with dizzying results. "Ice Kachang" has the bounce of a classic dance-inducing groove. Webb single-handedly composed, performed, produced, mixed, and mastered both of these shape-shifting songs.
"Florence Street" provides a few moments of relative serenity in this otherwise kinetic collection. Dreamy synths and atmospherics allow the listener to catch their breath before Webb launches into another tuneful adventure. The album closes with "Back To You," a classic-sounding pop track that subverts expectations once again.
With "Sunshine/Dialogue," Dan Webb has created an auditory funhouse mirror, reflecting a multitude of styles but distorting them into something utterly unforgettable. This album solidifies Webb as an artist with a singular vision and an abundance of talent. The possibilities are endless of what further wonders he may have up his sleeve for later. For now, catch up with Dan on his social profiles and tune into the album now across all the major streaming services.