Following the release of 2010â€™s Moonscapes, Dangermuffin caught a wave that continues to break. The bandâ€™s extensive touring garnered new fans far and wide, including moe.â€™s Rob Herhak who deemed them the â€œemerging band (Relix) readers should watch out for in 2012.â€
Here we are in 2012, and Derhak is right. The bandâ€™s fourth release, Olly Oxen Free, builds upon the aforementioned Moonscapes, delving deeper in the trioâ€™s free-wheeling vibe and further exposing a penchant for articulate playing and humble, well-honed wordplay. Opening with the easy groove of â€œSlumber,â€ the understated compositional quality creates an airy feel that permeates the bandâ€™s work. Over worn-in, laid-back guitar and a spry undercurrent, Dangermuffin dole out loose compositions that fit like feet in beach sand. The centerpiece trio of the rocking â€œHomestead,â€ gorgeous instrumental â€œJaula,â€ and the vibrant â€œRattle that Cageâ€ epitomize the band’s fresh, festive style.
Although the second half of the album loses focus, Dangermuffin have upped the ante with Olly Oxen Free, unfurling a clarity that is plain-spoken, elegant, and feels comfortable. Itâ€™s a lot like home.
Olly Oxen Free is out now.
— Honest Tune Magazine (@HonestTuneMag) July 4, 2012