I got talking to a local musician, Daniel Webster.  When we got chatting, he revealed that in his bag there were a few CDs he had recorded. From what he described them as, they did not sound like my normal cup of tea. But when I got home and listened to them, I realised I wanted to write about them. Why?

Well, there are loads of bands in Harrogate, North Yorkshire who deserve acclaim – but, why would I concentrate on Webster’s release? Why would I break the run of avant-garde shenanigans on The Parish News to write about, essentially, an indie album?

Because it is eclectic and it is amazing. Let me explain why …

The opening strains of “The Great Storm Of Now” are reminiscent of 2010’s Field Music’s “Tones Of Towns” and the pounding indie disco of the second track on this album – called “The New Impossible” – definitely does have the ineffable cool lyricism of, say, Jeffrey Lewis at his peak.

Throughout the playback of this album – it feels like Webster is drawing influence on everything good to come out of Indie music since 1997. There are elements of Psych-Folk and Indie-Disco, Guitar-Driven Power and laid-back charm.

The album “The Great Storm Of Now” is a triumphant recording by one of Harrogate’s own, Daniel Webster. The lyricism is on point and the harmonic matching of the various layers of the tracks all work together – it is a very polished release that would beggar belief it did not come from a larger production budget.

” … in a host of eclectic influences Webster holds his own voice.

Within “The Great Storm Of Now,” there are elements of P-Funk, Prince, Field Music, Jeffrey Lewis, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci and Beck – yet, in a host of eclectic influences Webster holds his own voice. There are in-jokes and some very clever turns of phrase. There are pop sensibilities that are sublime and the musicianship, as ever for Webster, is on-point. This is, essentially, good music.

Uplifting, ineffable, achingly cool pop sublimeness. Highly rated.