Danae‘s alternative pop debut album Direction, actually a 5 song EP was released in June. Advertised as music for fans of Coldplay, Ellie Goulding, and Mikky Ekko was enough to trigger my interest. Pop yes, without the sweetened, computerized voices you hear in an average top-40 radio show. Lyrics are a little deeper as well. “There’s gold in the dirt.” Courage found, fears battled, and love enjoyed. “Feet on the edge / Take a deep breath / Set for a free fall
The time is now / Take a first step / Off of the back wall
Running like a blind man to a lover’s call.”
Danae spent time living in Russia, Austin, and the Washington, DC area, before moving to Nashville in 2013. Well-crafted songs, either mid-tempo like Direction or Prove, or the electronica infused ballad Actualized. Track #5 is an acoustic version of the Direction. Sarin Kuruvilla produced and mixed the EP in Nashville, helped by Los Angeles-based producer Phil Danyew (Foster the People) and Secret Road producer AG. Echosmith‘s Cool Kids (hit song in 2013) composer Jesiah Dzwonek supported Danae en Sarin with writing sessions.