DANIEL AGED: SELF-TITLED

July 30th, 2018 | Album reviews

DANIEL AGED
self-titled
Quality Time

Daniel Aged boasts studio and live credits in the upper echelons of the pop, funk, indie and ambient scenes, ranging from George Clinton to FKA Twigs. And regardless of the session he might be part of at any given moment, his wunderkind prowess as a bass player enhances the musical talents of those around him. Even within the context of inc. no world, his band with his brother Andrew, Aged’s presence is a subtle but crucial part of the whole. So hearing his solo musical instincts and inclinations basking in the spotlight—albeit modestly—is an enlightening experience. Waves of swirling kosmische atmosphere, elastic lap-steel and gentle acoustic strumming are braided together on this compact 8-track instrumental outing, and while his signature wah-wah funk moments emerge here and there, this album is markedly meditative. He’s exercising his curiosity and inspiration at a peaceful pace, with a tempo set by the beachy opener, “Untdl1.” The beats here aren’t the backbone of the track; instead, they serve as elements that define and sharpen the intimate and internal space he’s crafted here—a secret underwater garden into which he quietly invites his listeners. His musicianship is, as always, agile and sophisticated, and by keeping these ruminations compact, he deepens their impact—and at least for this listener provokes an urgent desire to relive the experience. This is an album best served on a loop.

—Christina Gubala

DANIEL AGED’S SELF-TITLED LP IS AVAILABLE ON FRI., JULY 27, FROM QUALITY TIME.