Popdose is pleased to bring you the title track from the new album by Bay Area singer songwriter Ryan Auffenberg, ”Daisy Chain”. It’s a return to making solo records for Auffenberg after two outings of his Halsted project, 2010’s Life Underwater and 2014’s High Wire & A Heart Of Gold. Prior to that, he had released two solo albums Golden Gate Park and Marigolds.
Since recording High Wire & A Heart Of Gold, Auffenberg and his wife have had two sons and established a nice little scene for themselves, just over the bridge from San Francisco. His home studio in the East Bay allowed Auffenberg to juggle domestic responsibilities with the creative urges that never left him, regardless of the shift in his daily priorities. Over the course of a few years, he built a gentle, meticulous Americana gem; the sort of song cycle that sounds great any time of day.
Another thing he had in mind when setting out to design Daisy Chain was handling all aspects of the record: producing, engineering, and playing every instrument (as with his last few records, it’s also being released on his own Ashbury Records). Auffenberg used the skills he learned while making his previous solo albums at San Francisco’s now-defunct Closer Recording with Dylan Magierek (Mark Kozelek) and the late Tim Mooney (of American Music Club fame).
Flying solo this time around has created a bit of a musical daisy chain for Auffenberg himself, and the process of circling back to where it all started has only emboldened his commitment to the craft. Sure, he’s a family man with a day job and a much stronger sense of self these days, but Daisy Chain proves that when you get down to it, great music is all about the song.
We think you’ll like what you hear – and we’ve included an album trailer video as well. See/hear what you think!
Daisy Chain will be released on Friday, October 19th, 2018.