Static Diary: “Phrase From Business”

Photo by Jenny VanDivier

It may seem strange that someone who has been composing music since childhood would wait so long into their career to release something under their own moniker, but Scott Danbom’s esteemed career has seen most of his talent channeled into working with artists like Sarah Jaffe and Drive-By Truckers, as well as being a member of Will Johnson’s yin and yang projects, the alt-country Centro-Matic and the much more subdued South San Gabriel. Danbom’s solo project Static Diary overwhelmingly leans towards the latter; more accurately, Scott Danbom creates moods. His ambient-centered sound uses traditional (and sometimes not-so-traditional) instruments to fill a space with a calculated atmosphere that also employs the blank space between to let each sound air out organically and unmarred. For his solo debut, Danbom brings out a toybox of sounds, taking each unique texture and conjuring it into a single cohesive metonymy of his being. “Phrase From Business” embodies all of this, recalls the vocal patterns of a Flaming Lips ballad, and throws in a little glockenspiel for ya too.

“Phrase From Business” appears on Static Diary, out July 27th via Goliad Media.

-Taylor Wallace// Host, Thursdays 8p-11p & Saturdays 2p-6p; Producer, Eklektikos with John Aielli

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