Dark Horse

Dark Horse

by Devin DawsonDevin Dawson


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Plenty of singers followed in the footsteps of Sam Hunt, threading electronic accents and R&B rhythms into their country-pop, but Devin Dawson's 2018 debut Dark Horse feels like something new from a country star raised not only on Hunt, but in the ever-morphing digital landscape of the 21st century. Dark Horse often dodges any sonic trappings that could conventionally be called country, swapping fiddles, steel guitars, and twang for drum loops, synth sequences, and easy grooves. Many of these aural elements can be heard in other mainstream-leaning pop of different genres, but there's a fleetness in Dawson's delivery, an exactitude in his songcraft, and a mellowness in his execution that push his music toward the confines of country. In particular, the reliance on sturdy, melodic songs distinguishes Dark Horse from amorphous, EDM-flavored pop; the electronic flair is merely flair, never distracting from the tunes. If Dawson tends to slip into the production instead of demanding attention, it only accentuates how Dark Horse cultivates a cool vibe in both senses of the word: the album is hip and it runs cold, not hot. This sensibility means that it can slip by upon the first listen, but like most pop music designed to endure repeated spins, either on personalized playlists or radio, Dark Horse reveals its sly gifts upon repeated plays. By the third or fourth time these songs are heard, this low-key music gains definition and its melodies, along with its post-genre sheen, are beguiling.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/19/2018
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0093624910602
catalogNumber: 563374
Rank: 8664

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Devin Dawson   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Jay Joyce   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Bells,Hand Clapping,Lap Steel Guitar,Bowed Vibes
Jason Hall   Hand Clapping
Jimmy Mansfield   Hand Clapping
Austin Smith   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Jillian Jacqueline   Harmony
Jaxon Hargrove   Hand Clapping
Kip Allen   Percussion,Hand Clapping
Sam Rodberg   Bass,Hand Clapping
Nick DiMaria   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Electric Guitar,Hand Clapping

Technical Credits

Brett Beavers   Composer
Barry Dean   Composer
Connie Harrington   Composer
Jay Joyce   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Fred Eltringham   Programming
Brad Warren   Composer
Brett Warren   Composer
Jason Hall   Engineer
Laura Veltz   Composer
Will Bowen   Composer
David Hodges   Composer
Luke Laird   Composer
Andy Albert   Composer
Jacob Durrett   Composer
Mark Trussell   Composer
Chris DeBois   Composer
Clint Lagerberg   Composer
Jake Mitchell   Composer
Josh Kerr   Composer
Mike Moore   Art Direction
Jordan Reynolds   Composer
Chris Panatier   Cover Illustration
Austin Smith   Composer
Jillian Jacqueline   Composer
Seth Ennis   Composer
Devin Dawson   Composer
Andrew Roberts   Composer
Kip Allen   Programming

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