If you buy one record this week make sure it’s the brilliant Brilliant Light the new album from Danny & The Champions Of The World that’s out of Loose the end of this week, double-albums are a rarity these days when it comes to new music, but Danny George Wilson and his band have all the lyrical and musical acumen to pull it off with aplomb, serving up a soulful blend of Americana to touch the heart and mind.
Danny Wilson tells us, “Waiting For The Right Time is the opening track on our new album ‘Brilliant Light’. I wrote it after watching the fantastic documentary about Ronnie Lane, ‘Passing Show’. It’s about wanting to get back to the heart of things – a more simple life perhaps. We wanted to make a video in our natural habitat, something real and honest, so we thought we’d get our friend and collaborator Pete Millson and his very talented film maker son Elliot to film us at our favourite pub and very regular haunt The Betsey Trotwood, in Farringdon London. Might see you down there one of these days!”
With the new album ‘Brilliant Light’ Danny Wilson has made his All Things Must Pass – a big record of hit after hit stretching over two albums, plus a further bonus set of instrumentals. He’s allowed both himself and his band the absolute freedom to explore, experiment, and collaborate, and they’ve grabbed it with both hands. Hidden away somewhere in this diverse collection you’ll find the question “can we release ourselves back into the brilliant light?”. For Danny the brilliant light is creativity, but more than that it’s collaborative creativity, and the process of birthing these songs, both by design and then serendipity, has been to maximise the creative potential of all The Champs.
Of the eighteen songs on this magnificent double album, Waiting For The Right Time is the only track solely composed by Danny; personal philosophy, reflections on Ronnie Lane, and a paean to neckerchief rock all rolled into one. The music video features the band in their entirety performing the song in one of their most loved pubs; The Betsey Trotwood.
The new single from Danny & The Champions Of The World, out 28 April 2017. Taken from the forthcoming album ‘Brilliant Light’, out 23 June 2017. Pre-order
Here come Danny & The Champions Of The World writing themselves large, giving themselves the space, and taking the time, to deliver a magnum opus. With Brilliant Light Danny Wilson has made his All Things Must Pass – a big record of hit after hit stretching over two albums plus a further bonus set of instrumentals. He’s allowed both himself and his band the absolute freedom to explore, experiment, and collaborate, and they’ve grabbed it with both hands.
Hidden away somewhere on this wide-ranging new Danny & The Champions Of The World album you’ll find the question “can we release ourselves back into the brilliant light?”. For Danny Wilson the brilliant light is creativity, but more than that it’s collaborative creativity, and the process of birthing these songs, both by design and serendipity, has been about maximising the creative potential of all the Champs. The two previous Champs collections Stay True (2013) and What Kind Of Love (2015) were each recorded over intensive ten day stints. The songs written and rehearsed, the musicians gathered in North London at bassist Chris Clarke’s Reservoir Studios and tracked everything at one fell swoop. This time around Danny wanted something different allowing an all-encompassing view of what the band was capable of. They started going into Reservoir once a month, recording what they had live, without too much reflection or correction, and then putting those results in a box and leaving them be. Every month saw a scramble to find songs to record requiring an encouragement to every band member to bring something to the table. Writing with guitarist Paul Lush for What Kind Of Love had proved liberating to Danny who’d rarely co-composed since writing with brother Julian for his previous band Grand Drive. It was exciting and rejuvenating. Scary too but reawakening, and so he’d repeatedly be asking, “have you got an idea for a song?”, and as the months passed and the cache grew more things were tried; different configurations, other collaborators, and along the way a cluster of instrumentals arrived too. So “Brilliant Light” came slowly but steadily to life, a double album of 18 songs, with a bonus album of instrumentals entitled “Photogene