Dani Bell, Mordecai, Real Real Talk

Dani Bell

There’s a driving haunt at the center of Dark West, antique reverbs ripple out around the edges of vocals. A scene is painted, escape, loss and longing for something more. The light at the end of the tunnel is not quite as important as the tunnel itself. This music is the journey through. Dani Bell sighs sly over every genre, tip toeing through the spooky diner blues of Crave, raising the dynamic for the soulful Motown strut of Nightfall and whispering mournful melodies over ethereally jarring atmosphere of Hired Hands. She composed the parts herself, playing bass, keys and guitar, but they were perfected in studio by a stellar cast of San Diego musicians. Jason Littlefield on bass and Jake Najor on drums provide a nuanced rhythm section, playing along with a 1964 Acetone Drum Machine which weaves in and out of the mix. Guitar duties are held by Sean Martin of the Heavy Guilt, Dillon Casey of the Cold Fact and Chris Davies of the Penetrators. Three generations of prolific San Diego musicians. Josh Rice plays an assortment of unusual keyboards including Farfisa, a Wurlitzer MLM, Fender Rhodes, Chord Organ, Transistor Organ and toy piano. Tim Felten of the Sure Fire Soul Ensemble chimes in on Hammond B3. There is a rich tapestry of backing vocals woven by Shelbi Bennett, Birdy Bardot, Matthew Molarius and Trent Hancock. And Alfred Howard writes most lyrics and adds to the atmosphere with predominately homemade instruments. Dani Bell and the Tarantist debut record Dark West is cinematic in scope, eclectic in sound yet focused in vision.

Mordecai

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