Daniel G. Harmann came to the Northwest from Arizona in the late 90s. He brought with him a guitar, a love for the Seattle music scene, and a collection of songs he'd begun working on that year. That collection of songs would eventually become his first...
Daniel G. Harmann came to the Northwest from Arizona in the late 90s. He brought with him a guitar, a love for the Seattle music scene, and a collection of songs he'd begun working on that year. That collection of songs would eventually become his first studio release, Failures in Motion. His perspective on love, failure and family came from growing up in small—football loving—American town in the southwest, and inarguably shaped his early artworks.
Beginning with his first album, 2001's Failures in Motion, his catalogue has stretched across 15 years, 10 studio albums, and nearly as many genres. He's performed and recorded as a solo artist as well as with a full band. His music has been compared to everything from Low and Sun Kill Moon to Fugazi or even Bruce Springsteen. He's written albums ranging from blaring shoe-gazing rock, to bare-bones, acoustic love songs. He's been described as a working-class craftsman of music, a humbling artist in an every-man shell and a sincere voice in a town full of facades. Throughout it all, though, one thing has remained clear—Daniel G. Harmann is a fantastic songwriter and an uncompromising artist.
His metamorphosis from a burgeoning songwriter, to rock & roll front-man, (The Trouble Starts), and now a seasoned artist—capable of both independence and collaboration—has taken Harmann to increasingly interesting places over the course of his career. And on his newest album, Slowing Down, Daniel G. Harmann has achieved a new level of sincerity and brutal realism as a writer. With the release of his 10th studio album, Slowing Down, Daniel has both moved forward and returned to his roots. And while doing so, he's quietly cemented himself as one of the Northwest's preeminent songwriters.
The album, Slowing Down, is about rebirth, getting older—and at its core— about trying to continue growing as we get through everything life throws at us along the way. The songs aren't trying to accomplish anything beyond authenticity. With, Slowing Down, Daniel G. Harmann isn't trying to write a perfect album. He's just writing an album—an honest one. And it's sometimes when an artist stops fighting with the battle of doing something great that their art can be freed of that burden and simply exist as something real.
His lyrics come from a place that only a few songwriters ever find, which, is true vulnerability. Each song is filled with personal history and the gravitas of experience. They embody his unique perspective and show the humility and respect that comes from a career of truly putting the most vulnerable parts of his experience into his art. And with this new album, he does it with more ease and grace than ever.
In his years of writing, recording and touring, Daniel has honed his craft. He's recorded with well-respected producers and engineers such as Brandon Eggleston, (Modest Mouse, Mountain Goats, Les Savy Fav) Eric Corson, (The Long Winters) and Matthew Emerson Brown, (Trespassers William, Lucinda Williams, Black Night Crash). He's played shows with artists such as Minus the Bear, Phosphorescent, Low, Pela, Goodness, Firehose, Of Montreal, the Velvet Teen, Travis Morrison (the Dismemberment Plan), Spring Offensive, John Roderick (the Long Winters), Restorations, Rosie Thomas, Star Anna, the Divorce, Boat and many more.