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Skeletons Skeletons Skeletons

by Damon Smith

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‘Skeletons’, the new offering from Melbourne’s Damon Smith is mostly a piano centric, New Orleans style blues/jazz record - not without the usual hallmarks of this genre - but also liberally or flambéed with tonnes of
top-quality MSG (Movers, Shakers and Groovers). The album will be released on June 17.

Horns twist around the seemingly whisky marinated vocals, while the upright bass, drums and piano lock in tight with just enough room to sound sporadic and groovy, and allow moments of country and even soul to sashay right in. This record compliments Smith’s last album Golden Dappled Thoughts, Momentarily but stylistically speaking, is the antithesis of that 2020 release.
Drawing inspiration from the wry lyricism heard from Aldous Harding and Bill Callahan, the inimitable groove of Dr John, the sincerity of Nina Simone and the musical splendour of bands like Wilco, Smith creates tiny
worlds within these new songs highlighting a predominant theme of self-worth and the part we play in our personal relationships.

Smith’s performances on this record are punctuated with expert musicianship and razor sharp wit, creating a hugely dynamic sonic presence. His virtuosic piano style and ‘whiskey as’ voice is complimented by guest performances from the likes of Wilbur Wilde, the horns from Melbourne’s Sugarfoot Ramblers, Nashville session musician Ross Sermons, local legends David Cosma, Ben Wicks, Ben Franz, Adrian Whyte, Sabrina McKenzie and Harry Omara, with the bulk of the rhythm section performed by Smiths’ band members Adam Coad and Trent McKenzie.

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released June 17, 2022

Songs And Music By Damon Smith.
Engineering - Myles Mumford at Rolling Stock Recording Rooms
Mixing - Damon Smith
Mastering - Adam Dempsey
Guitar On: You've Got To Move On, Do You Know What I Mean, Here We Go Again and A Feeling To Fly On by Adrian Whyte.
All Other Guitars - Damon Smith.
Horns By The Sugar foot Ramblers.
Bass on Midlife Crisis - Ben Wicks.
Bass On A feeling To Fly On, Do You Know What I Mean, Mighty Are The
Pedal Steel - Ben Franz
Falling, Here We Go Again, Led Me To A Goldmine - Trent McKenzie.
Bass on You've Got To Move On - Ross Sermons.
Bass On Alll I Ever Wanted - Damon Smith
Drums On Led Me To A Goldminen - Harry Omara.
All Other Drums - Adam Coad.
Saxophone On A Feeling To Fly On and Midlife Crisis Blues - Wilbur Wilde.
Backing Vocals - Sabrina McKenzie.
Sousaphone and Trombone - Jay Scarlet.
Middle 8 in Here We Go Again taken from Video Game 'Ghosts And Goblins' - composed by Ayako Mori.
Extra Piano in Wrapped Up And Obsolete - Ezra Lee.

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Damon Smith Melbourne, Australia

Damon Smith is a Multi-award-winning composer, lyricist, music producer, writer, instrumentalist, filmmaker and performer living in Melbourne.

An independent artist in the literal, he’s the man in the driver’s seat, from composition to production. With an unrestrained desire for spitting out his tales of ordinary life while ruminating on thought-provoking subject matter,
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