Danny Lee Blackwell is back at the helm of Night Beats, delivering his strongest album to date with Rajan.
Returning to the pages of New Releases Now for the first time since 2016's Who Sold My Generation, the Texas-born, LA-based singer/songwriter behind Night Beats has crafted a collection of songs that shimmer with captivating melodies and hypnotic rhythms, but it's the subtle craftsmanship choices that truly set Rajan apart. Danny Lee Blackwell's meticulous attention to detail can only be achieved through countless hours spent in the studio, honing his vision.
As the creative force behind Night Beats, Blackwell approaches his music like a puzzle, carefully assembling each piece. The process begins with a singular moment, an initial spark that must elicit goosebumps. When that sensation hits, Blackwell dives headfirst into developing the idea, relentlessly pursuing it until it blossoms into a fully-formed song. If the spark fails to ignite, he moves on, tirelessly searching for that perfect molecule of a song.
Rajan finds him delving into a sonic landscape that resides somewhere between the grandeur of a Spaghetti Western film score and the opulence of a psych-pop opus. The album serves as a defining moment in his career, shedding light on his artistic philosophy while keeping an enigmatic aura intact.
Night Beats hail from the heart of Texas. Their R&B-infused Western psychedelic sound is nothing short of a revelation - a dawn shootout, an ear-splitting peel-out leaving nothing but a cloud of red dust in its wake. Over the years, they have garnered a reputation as one of the preeminent purveyors of modern rock 'n' roll. They’ve earned critical acclaim, embarked on world tours, and shared stages with the likes of Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, the Black Angels, Roky Erickson, and the Jesus and Mary Chain, among countless others.