Lady Danville – Lady Danville [EP]
December 16, 2007
This is an EP from 2007, but I didn’t come across it until recently. Lady Danville is a pretty unknown pop group out of Los Angeles. In 2007 they released a 5-song EP with pleasant, radio-friendly pop songs.
Their songs are basically acoustic (either piano or guitar) based songs that may be quite simple, but at the same time very effective. It’s catchy and unlike many pop bands that crank out catchy songs, these songs don’t get annoying. The lead off track Anthem is not too much out of the ordinary, but the second track Tired Magician is a very good song. The band delivers on a strong track with good vocal harmonies and an excellent build-up. More layers and intensity are added to the song as it goes on. The progression of the song is very strong.
The EP has 3 more songs on it, including the radio-friendly Cast Away and laid-back Love To Love which just sounds like a bunch of musicians having fun making a song together. And that laid-back, fun loving feeling the song has, that is exactly what makes it such a strong track. The closer David is faster-paced and I imagine it could be a pretty interesting live track, but to me it didn’t really feel like a closing track. Very decent song, but wrong placement on the CD.
The self-titled “Lady Danville” EP is an early statement from a pop band that’s on the rise. Songwriting is pretty good, lyrically they don’t grab all the cliché’s out of the closet and musically everything’s pretty sound. Maybe a little more energy or intensity would make the songs stand out a little more, but this EP is a very good first step and as the band gains more recognition I would imagine they could become a pretty big hit in the US, and who knows what happens then.