Danny Keane, the acclaimed London based cellist, multi-instrumentalist and composer/arranger, releases ‘Twenty Tonnes Of Tension’, from his debut solo album Roamin’ via MVKA.
Danny’s long apprenticeship working with some of the world’s greatest artists – from Anoushka Shankar, Nitin Sawhney and Mulatu Astatke, through to Bat For Lashes and Damon Albarn/Gorillaz – has given him a grounding from which to create his own unique musical vision.
Drawing on a rich and varied career, his new solo material is a thrilling coming together of a lifetime’s worth of ideas and influences. Bursting with flavours of jazz, Indian folk traditions, African rhythms, European classical and contemporary dance music, Danny Keane traverses many genres and geographies pulling them all together into a unifying, dizzying whole.
Listen to ‘Twenty Tonnes Of Tension’ by Danny Keane on the Shoot Music New Releases playlist on Spotify.
Danny elaborates on the single: “My original concept for ‘Twenty Tonnes of Tension’ was to build a track entirely from exploring the diversity of sounds and techniques achievable from an acoustic piano – tapping, knocking, strumming and scraping the strings, as well as the more conventional techniques. 20 Tonnes being the approximate amount of tension on the strings of a grand piano, it seemed like a fitting title.
“But as the track developed in the studio, it took on a life of its own. We experimented with adding more instruments and sounds. The character that emerged seemed to represent the current political climate at the time, in particular the refugee crisis that was, and still is, sweeping across Europe.
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“Also with the rise of populism in recent years, collective paranoia fuelled by this ideology is dividing countries and people. We can all feel the tension in the air pressing down on us with the hope that one day the weight is lifted.”
In a sense, with his LP, Danny has rewritten musical boundaries creating a soundscape all of his own. At the same time, he’s captured the diverse sounds of urban London right now – a sonic melting pot as visceral, challenging, vibrant and celebratory as the city itself.