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Dan Flynn and the State of Things Announces ‘Preparing for Flight’ Album Launch Show At Shadow Electric - 28th November

BY Sarah Guppy - This Much Talent | 27-Oct-2015
Dan Flynn and The State of Things is an indie-folk outfit from Melbourne. They’re releasing their brand new album Preparing for Flight. Dan Flynn has been releasing music since 2007 under his former moniker Major Chord and Children of the Wave, his experimental folk/noise side project with Mark Raynor. The first few Major Chord albums were solo offerings, softly sung, home-recorded gems influenced by Iron and Wine, Simon and Garfunkel and Nick Drake. @ShadowElectric
"Dan Flynn remains one of Australian music's great quiet achievers, an earnest folkie with genuine pop smarts." Jeff Jenkins (Stack Magazine)

As the years went by Dan stepped out of the bedroom and into the recording studio to create larger scale productions, while always retaining the humble folk underpinnings of his earlier albums. Nick Drake stayed with Dan throughout his musical evolution and led him to discover other iconic English folk acts Fairport Convention and John Cale, whose influence can be heard in the full band productions on Preparing for Flight. Band members include Aaron Pepper (drums, piano), Meabh Friel (mandolin, vocals) and Phil Collings (bass).

Dan’s songs are infused with his everyday life, and a rather interesting one it is. He writes about working with society’s most disadvantaged and traumatised people. He writes about members of his family, dead or alive. He writes about the sorry state of this world and he always, always writes a love song or two for his muse.

Preparing for Flight is a mix of bigger productions, with a focus on live band energy, and folk songs, some accompanied by sparse mandolin flourishes or lush piano and strings while others are drenched in atmospheric synthesizer. The album was beautifully recorded and mixed by Neil Thomason at Head Gap studio in Melbourne with the exception of a few tracks Dan recorded in his home studio. The album out now via Ditto Music and via iTunes, Spotify and most other digital outlets. Physical copies can be ordered through Bandcamp.