STATIC DIARY | static diary | GOLIAD MEDIA GROUP | july 27TH, 2018
Static Diary is the self-titled debut solo album by Scott Danbom, best-known as a former member of popular Texas-based band Centro-matic. A veteran performer and accompanist, Danbom has also worked with Centro-matic leader Will Johnson (who appears on Static Diary), as well as Sarah Jaffe, Drive-By Truckers, and many more throughout his long career.
Denton, Texas-based label Goliad Media Group will release Static Diary on July 27th, 2018, preceded by the lead single “Phrase From Business”. As Danbom explains, Goliad’s Chris Welch played an intregal role in motivating Danbom to bring the album into existence.
“Talking to Chris about my work, and the idea of Goliad as an outlet that could capture some of what had been collecting throughout the years, really inspired the latest collection of ideas and songs,” he says.
The record is a long time coming for Danbom, who has been composing since he was a child.
“I’ve been writing and arranging pretty much since the first time I sat down at the piano,” he says. “I entered a couple of composition contests in early grade school, and the first synth I owned inspired countless compositions in high school and college.”
Even so, while Danbom has had the good fortune to play with many prolific writers and original voices throughout his professional life, he confesses that this scenario “can stall your confidence when you are trying to find your own voice. It was always in the back of my mind to find a situation where I could focus this creative energy.”
Static Diary was worth the wait, as the album’s lead single shows.
“Phrase From Business” is “a hopeful song about searching and simple ideas” that “comes with a generous helping of sarcasm,” Danbom explains. The epic-sounding track, elevated with glockenspiel-type bells, reminds of the legendary work of Mark Linkous and Sparklehorse.
The track also shows off what is merely one shade of Danbom’s capabilities, as Static Diary is a vehicle for the artist’s more unconventional musical leanings, as well. The album is most memorable for merging these unique shades and sounds into a cohesive whole.
Essentially, with Static Diary, Danbom succeeds at bringing his haunting keyboard and vocal arrangements, and his experimental ambient and instrumental concepts, together under one roof. He describes these divergent artistic personalities as “a word and a symbol that mean the same thing but just have a blurry, different feel. Nothing too complex and nothing too simple.”
Static Diary, the debut solo album by Scott Danbom, was recorded by Britton Beisenherz (Will Johnson, Milton Mapes) at Ramble Creek Recording Studio in Austin, Texas. The album arrives July 27th, 2018 via Goliad Media Group preceded by the single “Phrase From Business”.
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