With delicately constructed guitar, lilting vocals and a matured lyricism, Melbourne songwriterDaniel Trakell returns with his first release for 2019 in ‘Wisdom/Boredom’. A song that wraps the listener up instantly with its warmth and rich musicality, ‘Wisdom/Boredom’ explores Trakell’s developed songwriting skill since his last single ‘So Long’ further put him on the map as an artist to watch.
‘Wisdom/Boredom’ is a reflective piece, as Trakell takes on the choices people make as life continues to roll on. “‘Wisdom/Boredom’ is a song about the life-altering decisions which come with growing older. Choices which can seem mundane at first but change the course of our lives, and tough decisions which we agonise over but end up being of little consequence. Often we can’t realise the quality of our judgement until we look back with the wisdom of hindsight.”
Working together with friend and frequent collaborator Joshua Barber (Gretta Ray, Gotye) in the studio, Trakell thrived once more in Barber’s new home of Nashville; soaking up the energy of theAlex The Great Studio before the final touches were put on back in Australia. The end result has delivered a gorgeously layered piece of indie folk with touches of Bon Iver, Dustin Tebbutt andFleet Foxes-esque influences threaded throughout. Trakell has injected touching emotion onto each of his releases thus far but on ‘Wisdom/Boredom’, the songwriter goes deeper than we have heard before.
PRAISE FOR DANIEL TRAKELL
“Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Daniel Trakell partners the title track from his March EP with an enchanting video that captures both sides of his sound – haunting, melancholic isolation and just off-centre obscurity – as we follow a woods-dwelling loner searching for the ultimate peacefulness – getting lost in space.”
Rolling Stone Australia
“It’s like Elliott Smith on a magical mystery tour.”
Triple J, Dom Alessio (‘Wasted Light’)
“So many sweet little delicacies to unpack in this one. The sneaky-emotional string arrangement, the delicate glockenspiel, your faultless falsetto. I am charmed.”
Triple J, Max Quinn (‘All We Do’)
“The piano starts, soon after the double tracked vocals begin. The drums then drop in halfway through. A guitar solo appears from nowhere, then a touch of horns and strings blend in at the end. Copybook Beatles’ arrangement, but f**k it still sounds good”.
Triple J, Richard Kingsmill (‘Wasted Light’)
“Oasis meets Tobias Jesso Jr.”
GBH Music Magazine
“All you George Harrison fans out there need to sit down and take in this track. Daniel Trakell is a name that I’m starring in my notes for the years to come. This songwriting is interesting and chords really feel nostalgic. The sentiment of the song about moving on is well delivered and rewarding.”
Ear To The Ground Music (‘So Long’)
The lead single from his forthcoming new album, also titled Wisdom/Boredom, Trakell is starting 2019 off on a strong note. “It’s the first single from my forthcoming album of the same name, which was recorded at Alex The Great Studio in Nashville, where other Australians like Bob Evans and Missy Higgins have recorded while in the US, with my friend and collaborator Joshua Barber, who also produced my first EP. I’d always wanted to visit Nashville, so when Josh moved there last year it was the perfect opportunity to visit and make a record.” Daniel Trakell
After a slew of supports to incredible Australian artists Didirri, Harts, Harrison Storm and Kyle Lionheart Melbourne fans will now be able to gain new insight into the music Trakell has been working so meticulously on with a special February residency at Some Velvet Morning. Joined by special guests each Thursday night of the month, Trakell will not only be performing the new single live, but he will also be at the helm of some unmissable live music experiences that display the strength of Melbourne’s local songwriter community.
DANIEL TRAKELL ‘WISDOM/BOREDOM’ RESIDENCY
Thursday February 7th Some Velvet Morning Melbourne
with Jon-Lee Farrell
Thursday February 14th Some Velvet Morning Melbourne
with David Western
Thursday February 21st Some Velvet Morning Melbourne
with Amarina Waters
Thursday February 28th Some Velvet Morning Melbourne
with Grand Pine