Dan Michaelson‘s voice is the kind of thing you cling to in a storm: sturdy as an oak creaking with a certain humanity; a less ballroom Matt Berninger. It’s the most robust element of “Sheets“, a song about a couple reuniting at home after a fight and comforting one another with threadbare bedclothes — the opposite of the closing song on the Absentee frontman’s last album, Sudden Fiction, where “Dust” offered to “let you sleep on my side,” surrendering the pillow and all. “I’ll hold your hand so you can wipe your feet again/ The point is not to let the dirt back in,” Michaelson sings elegantly over gentle French horns and delicate piano, his domestic Americana conjuring images of fire-warmed log cabins with stags’ heads mounted on the wall, though the trophies taken here seem to have been much smaller, more human, cutting flesh from tender spots. Even after the storm, the desperately buoyant “Sheets“‘ cast of two sound like they’re struggling to keep their heads above water.
…so, without further ado, why not have a listen below and see what all the fuss is about!
Blindspot is scheduled for release on March 25th 2013.