Sunday, December 6, 2015

Yahoo Music Premiers Former Chester French Frontman D.A. Wallach's Soft Rock-leaning "Long Way Down" Hang Gliding Adventure (Harvest Records)


"That image just came to me as a bit of a non [sequitur]. I was imagining being camping with a girl who had underestimated the amount of kerosene to bring. Just a sliver of the sort of forgiveness and empathy one must have in a relationship," prolific singer-songwriter D.A. Wallach recently explained during an emailed interview for this very publication on the eve of his proper debut record, Time Machine; with the specific song fragment in question being "Long Way Down'"s poetically-worded non sequitur, "girl, if we run outta kerosene, don't say I never told ya... might be embarrassing, but I'm still here to hold ya." Time Machine is, quite frankly, without a shadow of doubt, amongst the most note-worthy albums released throughout 2015, alongside a rather unlikely cast of characters including Detroit-bred emcee Guilty Simpson, Action Bronson, Run The Jewels, Mark Ronson, and Stones Throw's premier Reggae act, The Lions. Nearly three years in-the-making, "Long Way Down" serves as the first Harvest Records-sanctioned single lifted from Time Machine; although, having been preceded by Tyler, The Creator-directed and anonymously-released power ballad "Glowing," as well as Live from Capitol Studio B-filmed renditions of album deep cuts "Feel" and "Every Time You Walk Away."


D.A. Wallach's tender brand of Soft Rock, or dare I say, "Adult Contemporary," delivered throughout Time Machine's 11-track runtime evokes dynamic undertones of forefathers James Taylor, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Randy Newman, and even Wallach's own past work with Indie-Pop twosome, Chester French. Time Machine was painstakingly written, composed, and recorded along with a wide array of music industry luminaries including the likes of Pharrell, Diane Warren, James Fauntleroy, and former bandmate Max Drummey. D.A.'s Yahoo Music-debuted "Long Way Down" music video however, is a fairly simplistic clip, which was "shot in Big Sur, California" and features the golden-piped crooner and a lady friend serendipitously trekking through the the barren green-blotted countryside, enthusiastically hang gliding above sun-drenched California coast, and walking the beach hand-in-hand at sunset. Wallach candidly alluded, during the final phases of our interview, that his Reggae-tinged pre-Time Machine side project D.A. & The Supa Dups will in fact release their seemingly shelved album in the not too distant future and he promised that Time Machine will likely spawn "a bunch more live performances and a couple proper music videos!"

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