records we're into: Tangerine Sunrise - Daniel Montoya

This record is proof that the Discover function on Bandcamp's website is worth doing regularly. 
 

 fans of David Ramirez, Jason Isbell, classic country meets 2018 at its best--look no further

fans of David Ramirez, Jason Isbell, classic country meets 2018 at its best--look no further

I stumbled on this record eight or nine pages in on the "new folk" tab in Bandcamp's discover section, a testament to just how often fantastic music sits waiting in the bowels of the internet, and like every other record I was tabbing through to get a preview of, I clicked on the art for Montoya's sophomore effort and moved my cursor to the next one, waiting to bail as soon as I heard enough to make a judgement. It took two seconds of the record's closing track Come On In for me to know I'd listen to the whole thing. 

I love this record because it does the ambient thing that is so hip right now, but he doesn't make us hear the ambient stuff for 7:59 seconds before he starts singing. The ambiance on this record is like a damn good set on a mid-level theatre stage, it serves its purpose and gets out of the way to let the real thing happen. For Daniel Montoya, for Tangerine Sunrise, that's the songwriting. 

this house is warm, won't you come on in? / this house is warm, welcome home again

The pedal steel work on this record, provided by Alex McMahon, really ties together what might otherwise be a vaguely Americana-ish sounding rhythm section and places it squarely in the alt-country world. Montoya & Co. wisely utilize the classic sound and expression of the pedal steel to offset the guitar that dives into the sort of reverb-wet-mix-hotter-than-dry guitar that isn't too common in the country world. 

Anyway I'm talking too much now. Just go listen to the record.