Returning with his first release since the well-received debut album, Counting Paces in Tortoise Races in 2019, North Queensland’s Dan Baker delivers heartfelt optimism in the new single, Take This Rose. It’s our Song of the Day!
With an emphasis on strong lyrical foundations, Dan weaves intricate finger style folk harmonies around thoughtful and powerfully delivered melodies. Known for placing an emphasis on strong lyrical foundations within his music, Dan wrote Take This Rose as a romantic expression of love and promise for commitment during a long-distance relationship.
Dan says, “Take This Rose took a particularly long time to unravel. I don’t recall how it initially came to be, but I do remember calling it finished during the first snowfall several Glaswegian winters ago. It describes old love and new love, and the relationship between distance and time contributing to a sense of loss. It was an optimistic attempt to defend against this sense.”
Dan has been successfully navigating the music scene since 2015, having supported touring acts including the likes of C.W. Stoneking, The Whitlams, Tia Gostelow and Greta Stanley, as well as playing multiple festivals around Australia including The Milk Factory (Brisbane), Neck of the Woods, Townsville Cultural Festival and Palm Creek Folk Festival.
After receiving the 2019 Australian Roots Music Award for ‘Best Song’ with Like A Robin and earning a place as a finalist for the 2020 Billy Thorpe Scholarship, Dan was set to spend most of 2020 playing at prominent festivals, if not for COVID-19.
Take This Rose was produced by Sam Wright and Steve Kempnich, engineered and mixed at Airlock Studios, and mastered by King Willy Sound.
[Editor’s note/bonus: Check out his cover of You Are My Sunshine here – you won’t regret it!]
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