Words cannot express how much I adore the music of Dan Wilson; he is Withered Hand with help from members of Meursault ( M, remember?) and other fab folkies from Edinburgh and about the place.
Withered Hand topped my 2009 best of list for the “Good News” album, and placed highly in the top ten for The ‘Spill as a whole (Hi Shane!). He’s even made the RR b-list already. Yeah!
I have posted gushed about WH before, like this:
I think time will show this to be a very special record, the nearest comparison being Neutral Milk Hotel’s “In The Aeroplane Over The Sea”.
and mebbe also like this:
I tried to put my finger on the transcendental, almost spiritual quality that WH’s songs have. He was raised in a very religious, almost cult like, environment – but has since renounced it – but oddly his music has retained some vestiges of that.
Frankie said that he was singing “atheist hymns” and he was quite spot-on with the description.
Withered Hand has a website here