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BY Danae Effern | 07-Apr-2014
After years of pondering, travelling, studying and surfing Daniel Lee Kendall returns from musical obscurity with ‘Angelique’, the brand new single & first taste of a new collection of songs to be released in 2014. ‘Angelique’ combines his pop sensibilities with an unaffected charm. After rediscovering 50 + old demos Daniel decided to step back & finish what he started years ago.

Almost without me realising, my song writing and musical paradigm had shifted. I was thinking more about how many people could like me, or how many songs I could sell, commercial success basically. It stagnated me and suffocated me. Songs that I would have liked to have released 3- 4 years ago were left sitting on my computer because I wasn't sure if they would be "successful" or not. It ended up stifling my soul so much that I actually resented being on stage at times.

I needed to change something, because what was happening wasn't working. I was dying on the inside. So I packed my bags & travelled to the Middle East, Sri Lanka, and even had a Motorcycle accident where I dislocated and fractured my right shoulder and lost all movement in my right hand, just to change things up. None of these things worked.

Finally I booked myself into University. I needed to forget about music. I knew it was in me, but I also knew that it needed to take its right place in my life. I had to fall in love with music again, like I had when I first discovered songwriting. I wanted it to arise organically from within; with no other goal or thought than to create music that I liked myself, thoughts and ideas that I felt murmuring within me, and bringing them to life.

And so a year of Uni went by, and music was somewhat forgotten (though always threatening to spill back out at any moment). The day I finished I felt, without any force of my own, a keen desire to look through the 50 demos that I had written 3 - 4 years ago and take the best of them, bring them back to life, and share them with the people that would have appreciated them.

Now there was no heaviness that had previously weighed me down years before: it was lighthearted, fun, and I was enjoying immensely the hard work of rediscovering these songs that I thought lost.

So here I am, with an album of songs that I once loved, and have learnt to re-love again. Though with a different love. It's far more like I'm appreciating an old album of an artist in my youth. It's almost as though someone else has written these songs, and I can appreciate and enjoy what this person has created and I wish to share them with people again.

I like these songs & I'm glad for whoever else discovers them to enjoy them as well.