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Song You Need to Know: Daniel Davies, ‘Shadows Alive’

With a pedigree that includes being the son of a Kink and working with one of horror movies’ greatest composers, Davies has made a chilling soundtrack of his own

Daniel Davies is the son of Kinks shredder and distorted-guitar pioneer Dave Davies, but he has chosen a markedly different musical path than his father in recent years. After stints singing and playing guitar with the rock groups Karma to Burn and CKY, he turned his attention to electronic music. Since 2014, he has been working with filmmaker and composer John Carpenter – he of Halloween, The Thing and Escape From New York fame – on icy synth tableaus, horror soundtracks without movies on two volumes of albums Carpenter has dubbed Lost Themes. They also collaborated on the score for the upcoming reboot of Carpenter’s pioneering slasher flick, Halloween, along with Carpenter’s son Cody.

His first solo album under his own name, Events Score, sounds like an extension of his work with Carpenter – dusky, chilly, wordless washes of synthesizer that worm their way into your earholes. “Shadows Alive,” the LP’s first single, begins with an eerie, brittle repeated phrase that owes a debt to the Halloween theme and Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells” (the theme from The Exorcist) and it gradually expands into a lush, ominous work of its own. It’s beautiful in its otherworldliness. It’s both familiar and still somewhat esoteric, like an invitation into another world. The rest of the record is equally curious and enticing, making it one of the better moodscapes to emerge in the years since the Stranger Things score reminded listeners of the peculiar worlds electronic music can evoke.

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