Heritage—it’s more than a place on the map. In their sixth and most purposeful album to date, Dangermuffin takes listeners on an eight-song exploration of the prediluvian origins of human knowledge, before spirituality became organized. Heritage is roots music about getting to the collective taproot of humanity, and following that all the way out to the branches where the forbidden fruit—the muffin, sweet and simple—begs to be plucked and consumed. But don’t take a bite without an open heart. .
Perhaps more than any one of their previous albums, Songs For The Universe spotlights the band’s dexterity and comfort plugged in or untethered, and affirms the profound musical bond shared by the three band members. Whether jammin’ out on tracks like Heart and Cicada or leading us to ponder our consciousness on Forgot To Question, the Dangermuffin trinity demonstrates over and over again its undeniable and divine connection.
After spending 18 weeks in the number one spot of the HGMN music chart, Olly Oxen Free went on to win HGMN’s 2012 album of the year. A triumphant, multi-genre compilation, this album exemplifies the band’s musical range and resistance to pigeonholing. Everything from Americana jam rock fables to unhurried ballads and spirited ska beats are present here.
From the gritty, rockin’ Gutter Dance to the breezy, jazz-inflected pulse of Big Suit, Moonscapes is a colorful musical melange of styles and emotions. Introducing fans to the group’s most comprehensive collection of songs to that date, Moonscapes received praise from leading industry publications and triggered the band’s rise and prominence at music festivals from Bridgeport to Boulder.
Dangermuffin’s inaugural album, Beermuda jammed a stake in the sand of American roots music and buried it deep. From the beer drenched ballad, What’s in a Bottle, to the sensual serenade, Consumin’ Me, this foundational work of art mingles rockin’ electric energy with raw acoustic tenderness. In other words, for any Dangermuffin fan this album is essential listening.
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Heritage—it’s more than a place on the map. In their sixth and most purposeful album to date, Dangermuffin’s Heritage takes listeners on an eight-song exploration to the roots of human knowledge, before spirituality became “organized.”
Where are we really from? Through “Ancient Family” to “One Last Swim,” we meet the seeker of truth, looking for wisdom from our prediluvian ancestors. Water and the ocean serve as repeated metaphors in a storyline of healing through spiritual awareness.
Recorded, in part, at the Unitarian Church in Charleston, a National Historic Landmark where congregations have sought truth with open hearts and minds since its founding in 1772, the album’s inception and creation echo its motives and message. Heritage is about getting to the shared roots of humanity, and following that all the way out to the branches where the forbidden fruit—the muffin, sweet and simple—begs to be plucked and consumed. But don’t take a bite without an open heart.
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