The Backward Path

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
The continuing output of Dan Melchior demonstrates that the English emigre's natural state of creation might simply be that of creation full-stop, that the act of composing and releasing new music is its own reward. But what's remarkable about an album like The Backward Path is how what could be "just" another Melchior release would be scores of other musicians' career highlights. The combination of inventive, enjoyable instrumental fragments throughout, one or two acting as direct lead-ins to full songs, and those full vocal numbers themselves is a constant delight, something that one can get an immediate handle on and yet each fragment never quite follows the expected ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
The continuing output of Dan Melchior demonstrates that the English emigre's natural state of creation might simply be that of creation full-stop, that the act of composing and releasing new music is its own reward. But what's remarkable about an album like The Backward Path is how what could be "just" another Melchior release would be scores of other musicians' career highlights. The combination of inventive, enjoyable instrumental fragments throughout, one or two acting as direct lead-ins to full songs, and those full vocal numbers themselves is a constant delight, something that one can get an immediate handle on and yet each fragment never quite follows the expected path of what the previous song might demonstrate. Part of the charm lies with Melchior's brilliantly accomplished lyrics, capturing states of mind and the everyday with accomplished ease. When he sings of "People screeching by in their obnoxious cars" on "Night Comes In," it's with the engagingly disaffected air of a band like Swell Maps, but on "I Have Known the Emptiness" -- noting said state's "lack of jokes" -- the sense of empathy is concrete. His observation of paths not taken on "The Old Future" and unfulfilled promises is another winner, noting at one point "No utopia/Just the bullet trains...and the Internet."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/11/2012
  • Label: Northern Spy Records
  • UPC: 741360699762
  • Catalog Number: 28
  • Sales rank: 195,083

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 S.P. 1 (2:17)
  2. 2 Night Comes In (2:54)
  3. 3 S.P. 2 (2:53)
  4. 4 All the Clocks (3:22)
  5. 5 S.P. 3/The Old Future (4:41)
  6. 6 S.P. 4 (2:50)
  7. 7 I Have Known the Emptiness (2:45)
  8. 8 S.P. 5 (2:23)
  9. 9 Dark Age Tail Spin (3:11)
  10. 10 S.P. 6 (2:38)
  11. 11 Waves (2:42)
  12. 12 S.P. 7 (1:28)
  13. 13 No End (3:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dan Melchior Primary Artist
C. Spencer Yeh Violin, Overdubs
Ela Orleans Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Overdubs
Haley Fohr Vocals, Overdubs
Anthony Allman Keyboards
Sam Hilmer Saxophone, Overdubs
Technical Credits
Dan Melchior Paintings, Instrumentation
Letha Back Cover Photo
Dan Melchior Rodman Composer
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