Last March I wrote a post about the musician Daniel James and his musical project Canon Blue. A few years ago I had stumbled upon his debut album Colonies and it has slowly became one of my favorite albums of the last few years. Since its release nearly four years ago James has been keeping busy by spending much of his time playing with bands such as Efterklang and Foster The People and it was during his off-hour times on tour with Efterklang that he wrote his follow-up album Rumspringa.
Released today through Efterklang’s own label Rumraket, this will regrettably be the labels final release but as swan songs go Rumspringa has all the makings of being a tremendous curtain call for the small Danish label. Above you can listen to the album’s first single Indian Summer which is a truly infectious track full of fun and playfulness. The label describes the album as a “tour de force” and pitches it as something that fans of Sufjan Stevens, Efterklang, Jeff Buckley & Steve Reich will enjoy. I know for sure that I’ll be buying my copy today and I’ll be making the extra effort to get a hardcopy solely for the beautiful artwork created by the Danish-duo Hvass & Hannibal that adorns the cover. You probably should too – if it’s even slightly as good as Colonies is then I can guarantee that you won’t be disappointed!