Steal This Track: Danielle Ate the Sandwich and Proper MotionBy Eryc Eyl | May 14th, 2012 | 2 comments
This week, Steal This Track is proud to give you free Colorado music from two very different artists. First, you’ll hear a track from the new album by Colorado favorite Danielle Ate the Sandwich, weeks before it’s released to the public. Then, you’ll get to steal a slice from the debut album by Boulder-based dance duo Proper Motion. Don’t delay.
Cute-as-a-button ukulele-playing, dirty-joke-making, YouTube-abusing Danielle Ate the Sandwich is a surprisingly polarizing figure in the Colorado music community. For all the music lovers who find her twee and cheeky indie folk act absolutely endearing, there are just as many who find it unbearably cloying. Much of the love and hate comes from Danielle Anderson’s early viral success and the half-serious songs on her previous full-length, “Two Bedroom Apartment.” However, her new album, “Like a King,” which will see daylight on June 10 at the Bluebird Theater, is likely to win over even those who found her previous work wanting.
“Like a King” finds Anderson in a much more confident place as both a songwriter and performer. Where previously the songwriter seemed compelled to undercut her sincerity with irony and wit, she now seems much more comfortable in her own earnestness and a little less guarded. This makes for songs that are more fun than funny, more pure than puerile, and more affecting than affected. There’s still a sense of humor and playfulness, but it’s tempered with disarming honesty and vulnerability. It doesn’t hurt that Anderson also collaborates on this album with heavy hitters like Denver trumpet legend Ron Miles and vibraphone virtuoso Greg Tanner Harris. You can catch Danielle Ate the Sandwich live at the Bluebird Theater on June 10, with Ian Cooke and Chris Daniels, but steal “Faith in a Man” to whet your whistle today.
Now let’s change the channel to some club-friendly sample-based electronic dance music from Boulder duo Proper Motion. Taking a page from other wildly successful Colorado electronic acts (Pretty Lights, Michael Menert, Paper Diamond, Signal Path, etc.), Noah Marion and Harrison Watkins released their debut album, “A Refined Perspective,” absolutely free last month. Though occasional blasts of played-out dubstep interrupt the record’s grooves, the young duo also weave in plenty of groovy guitar and vivacious vocals to give their tracks a sexy soulfulness that outshines a lot of cookie cutter computer music. With an obvious love for funk and hip-hop, as well as bass music in its many forms, Marion and Watkins have crafted dance floor-filling collection cuts that work just as well in the club as in your headphones. Steal “Losin’ Control” to get a taste, then download the whole album from SoundCloud. Finally, you can catch the pair doing their thing live at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom on May 31, along with Narky Stares, Ginger Perry, Robotic Pirate Monkey and the legendary Simian Mobile Disco. Tickets are $15.
Please note that downloads offered via Steal This Track are intended to whet your appetite, and are NOT CD-quality recordings. If you want those, please support the artists by buying their music and/or seeing them live.
If you’re a band or musician ready to expose your fresh sounds to the readers of Reverb, email your tracks — along with any interesting facts about them, as well as a photo or album art — to Eryc Eyl for consideration.
Eryc Eyl is a veteran music journalist, critic and Colorado native who has been neck-deep in local music for many years. Check out Steal This Track for local music you can HEAR, and the Mile High Makeout for stories about Denver musicians doing extraordinary things. Against his mother’s advice, Eryc has also been known to tweet. You can also follow Steal This Track on Twitter. Sorry, Mom.