Last year around this time I got Owl City’s debut album, and instantly knew I’d be hearing “Fireflies” Ad nauseam on radio stations all summer long. That song, while at first infectious, was admittedly a bit unoriginal. I’m kind of getting that vibe — minus the unoriginal part — about “Symphonies,” the first track off UK soon-to-be sensation Dan Black’s debut album UN. The song, and the entire album for that matter, feature the singer mastering his craft with a fresh sound, honest lyrics and arguably the best use for a synthesizer since Herbie Hancock gave us “RockIt.” Yeah, I said it.
While Black’s debut is just that — a debut — he’s actually been around for a bit, gaining some notices two years ago for his self-released Rihanna/Notorious B.I.G. mashup “HYPNTZ.” (That song’s beat, by the way, is the backdrop for “Symphonies.”) In any event, I spoke with the hybrid innovator about his current album and living life in the “synthscape,” as his bio calls it, and found the man as delightful as a mid-afternoon cup of tea — if you’re into that.
I used to work with a guy named “Dan Black” — that’s not you right?
It is me. I just had extensive, full-body plastic surgery.