Artists You Should Be Listening To: Dan Auerbach
The Black Keys frontman is back with a new album that sheds his earlier sounds and welcomes a new style of 60s pop and 70s soul.
Dan Auerbach has always been a man of many sounds. The Black Keys emerged on the scene in the early 2000’s with a dirty blues/garage rock sound that captivated audiences. As time went on, the band strayed into alternative/indie rock territory with their albums Brother and El Camino and then into 60’s psychedelic on their 2014 release Turn Blue.
Auerbach released his first solo album Keep it Hid in 2009. The 14 track album felt more like B-sides and unused tracks of the Black Keys more than a solo album. However, there were sprinkles of a new sound emerging with acoustic tracks like “When the Night Comes” and “Goin’ Home”.
The Keys are currently on hiatus allowing for Auerbach to explore and experiment with new sounds and styles. In 2015 he explored more psychedelic sounds with his side project The Arcs as well produced (and provided guitar) on Ray LaMontagne’s psychedelic-inspired album Supernova. Auerbach’s last studio release was with the Arc’s in 2015 with the album Yours, Dreamily and now the Ohio rocker has gone to Nashville for his latest album Waiting on a Song.
The album, recorded at Auerbach’s own Easy Eye Studios in Nashville, is a retro style album that features mix of 60’s pop and 70’s soul. Waiting on a Song has a clean. acoustic sound mixed with strings, horns, and twangy guitar. It’s an upbeat 30 minute piece of ear candy that compliments the sunny weather of summer.
The title track “Waiting on a Song” kicks off the album in perfect fashion. With the first strum of a chord you’re transported to 60’s California. The song is reminiscent of a lost Mama’s and Papa’s tune with its light acoustic in the background, bright keys, and smooth vocals. Auerbach keeps the cool California mood going with “Malibu Man”, a song that you could almost swear was recorded in the 70’s with its soulful horns. “Livin’ in Sin”, “Shine on Me”, and “King of a One Horse Town” are a few other key tracks to throw on when you’re cruisin’ down the highway.
Auerbach enlists the help of guitar legends Mark Knopfler and Duane Eddy as well as song writing legend John Prine to create an album that’s perfect for cruising with the windows down and the wayfarers on during your summer day trips or hanging at the beach soaking up the sun. Waiting on a Song brings a forgotten sound to Nashville that’s been missing for quite sometime. Fans of Auerbach’s earlier works will have to look elsewhere for fuzzed out frantic guitar solos.
Waiting on a Song is in stores now. Check out a couple of Dan’s new songs below!