Dan Molad’s self recorded and produced breakout solo effort highlights his penchant for sonically adventurous melodies and harmonically complex layers, combined with a stark pop sensibility. The long-time drummer/producer for Lucius and producer for Pavo Pavo, San Fermin, Luke Temple, JD McPherson, Here We Go Magic, and many more, also co-wrote two songs for the Lucius-scored forthcoming film Band Aid starring Adam Pally, Zoe Lister-Jones, and Fred Armisen.
Throughout Lucius’ success, Molad found himself in a period of transition: moving from New York to L.A., dealing with relationship strife and the death of longtime friend, Parks And Recreation writer Harris Wittels. The songs on CHIMNEY have a cohesive darkness to them and their meaning spills out like a stream of consciousness. It’s something that speaks to Molad’s candor and approach: “All great records usually signify or are in someway connected to change. A new sound or a shift in sound, a shift in storytelling, a shift in storyteller. This is a record that began as a musical diary from the vantage point of a producer, an enabler, a sideman, the guy behind the guy or girls as it were. The songs are mostly stories about death and fear. I am not really a super dark guy, but I do think about death... inevitability as much, but probably more than the average person. But I also love comedy, and being funny is important to me. Speaking of change... I love my new home, Los Angeles.”
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