Dani House – How We Eat The Sun
I’m always a little nervous when reviewing a Lo-Fi record. You don’t know what you’re in for. It’s a hit or miss. Sometimes you get rare greatness, many times just crap. But usually, you get a bit of both. The band is Dani House. The album is How We Eat The Sun.
There are plenty of influences to be heard in DH’s music: Punk, Rock, Metal, Country, Folk. It’s hard to nail them down into one all-encompassing genre. But they seem to be at their best during the more intimate ballads, where it’s really just voice, guitar, maybe some light percussion, and I think I heard a banjo on a few occasions.
“If I Could Be An Animal” is a wonderful little song with a tinge of bluegrass–an influence that seems to make an appearance in a number of tracks. “Thursday Afternoon” is another ballad with some nice harmonica solos. The song reminds me of Nirvana for some reason. I think it’s the lead’s voice. It has a Cobain quality to it.
My biggest struggle with How We Eat the Sun is not the Lo-Fi quality but rather the amount of time DH wastes on tracks like “Eh Fuck” and “Orange Juice” where all you hear is someone mumbling, “Orange juice. Is that what you want?”
There are plenty of high quality Lo-Fi records out there. Producing one in today’s do-it-yourself music market is easy enough that every musician is without excuse. Dani House is a talented band for sure; they can be quirky and funny in one moment and then surprise you with some beautiful music in the next. But some of the songs sound like they’re just goofing around in their parents’ garage (i.e. “Nutter Butters”). There is nothing wrong with that, but you don’t need to put it on the album, and shouldn’t if you want to be taken seriously.
As far as I can tell, Dani House needs to find the balance between creativity and professionalism. Music is art, yes, but it’s also a product. So don’t ignore the customer.