Friday, September 09, 2022

Amateur Ornithologist advises the audience to apply some ‘Sunscreen’ in his new single

The rising alternative pop artist Daniel Cliff hails from South Shiels in the northeast and goes by his stage name, Amateur Ornithologist. 

He has been making inroads on the contemporary music scene over the past couple of years and his latest single ‘Sunscreen’ confirms this. 

His second album titled ‘Building The Bird’ is due to be released on October 21st by Harbourmaster Recordings and his sound has previously been compared to artists such as Depeche Mode and Talking Heads. 

His new single adheres to a common meter and spans three minutes in length. The music begins with the twanging of the guitar before a swift drum fill leads the song into the first verse and vocals follow suit. ‘’Bright lights shine down from above / My love will you wait for me with the sunscreen’’ is sung in each of the choruses as the bass and drums are locked in unison throughout. There is a delicate guitar solo in the bridge which eventually goes to the final chorus before grinding to an abrupt halt.  

The music, albeit mellow and offering a sense of rapid relief, is still very much unresolved as there isn’t much of a fade in the outro. Combining the lyrics with the sound can lead the listener down a corridor of uncertainty as it indicates a lack of patience or that his lover won’t wait for him. This single arrives on the back of previously released singles such as ‘A Better Person’‘I Told A Lie’, and ‘Hermit Phase’.  

His music is beginning to move beyond the peripheries of the northeast as he continues to record and release his own original music. His sound combines a range of genres and contains captivating hooks to lure the audience closer to the music.  

Antony Bailey 


 Image: 'Sunscreen' Official Single Cover

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