Dan Michaelson and the Coastguards release new single – Watch video‏

November 9, 2014
 “a miniature masterpiece… hugely recommended” 4/5  The Guardian 
“stands proudly alongside the likes of Bill Callaghan and The National”  8/10 NME
“Melancholic Gold” 4/5 MOJO
“experts in sounding gracefully forlorn” 8/10 Uncut
“a magnificiently British, introverted take on Amricana” 4/5 The Times
“Majestic” 5/5 Mail on Sunday
“Michaelson makes mordant sorrow sound timeless and fresh”
4/5 Independent on Sunday
“the kind of thing you cling to in a storm: sturdy as an oak creaking with a certain humanity” PITCHFORK
“A staggeringly good record”Album of the Week, The Line of Best Fit
“Distance may well be his finest work yet… it really is something of a triumph” Rockfeedback
“Michaelson is a master of the bleak atmosphere” Q
Dan Michaelson and The Coastguards will release their new single ‘Bones‘ through State 51 on 17th November. ‘Bones’ is the second single to be taken from Michaelson’s highly-praised, fifth album ‘Distance‘, which features in FOPP’s ‘Albums of 2014’ poll.
Typical of the record, Dan offers a sober reflection whilst his band The Coastguards provide a rich bed of piano, cello, pedal steel, wind brushed drums and bass. “When you feel that love run cold, after crackling through your bones, and tears fall like ash upon your clothes..”

The album, which was premiered by The Line of Best Fit, can be streamed on Spotify here or on Soundcloud here.
Progressing from the minimal atmosphere of his previous album, Dan Michaelson returns to a full-band sound. “I asked Ash to record and mix the album. He’d just finished the sessions for Metronomy’s ‘Love Letters’ and we’d been threatening to work together for ages. I had all the songs and phoned the greatest musicians I know and asked them if they would come play. They asked ‘can we hear the songs?’ I said ‘no’. They said ‘great, when do we start?” Joining Michaelson (vocal and guitar) in the studio were Magic Number Romeo Stodart (bass), Henry Spenner (drums), Laurie Earle (guitar and piano), Horse (guitar and pedal steel), Gabriel Stebbing (cello) and Johnny Flynn (violin).
Michaelson’s musical career began in 2003 when he formed Absentee. The band’s debut album ‘Donkey Stock’ (2005) enjoyed widespread critical-acclaim with NME declaring, “better than any album released in ages” and giving it a 9/10 rating. Absentee’s follow-up ‘Schmotime’ came out a year later to similar fanfare. The third and final album ‘Victory Shorts’ signified an end to both the band and also silly album titles in general.
Michaelson’s debut solo album ‘Saltwater’ (2009), recorded with Valgeir Sigurdsson (Bjork/Bonnie Prince Billy), was well-received and featured in Rough Trade’s Albums of the Year. The follow-up ‘Shakes’ came out a year later and showcased a thirtysomething Englishman’s take on soul music. 2011’s ‘Sudden Fiction’ was a super stripped back record, inspired by the Texan desert town of Marfa. Oddly, the album became very popular with TV series about troubled teenagers, with songs featuring on shows like MTV’s Teenwolf and Channel 4’s Misfits. The record featured in both Mojo and Rough Trade’s Albums of the Year.

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