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Further From Yesterday
Todd Harrold & Dan Mowan

by Jason Hoffman
Further From Yesterday

Todd Harrold & Dan Mowan

Further From Yesterday

You would never think that two musicians with no studio tricks would be able to create such a full, satisfying sound, but that’s exactly what Todd Harrold and Dan Mowan have done. With just Harrold on drums and vocals and Mowan on an eight-string guitar, the two men hunkered down in Monastic Chambers and revived the lost art of live music, recording each song without overdubs. 

The product of their labors, Further From Yesterday, is an impressive collection of originals, plus a few respectful covers, with a firm foundation in 70s R & B. Anyone who’s heard Harrold sing knows his trademark smoky smooth vocals, a perfect complement to his solid groove drumming. Especially exciting is the controlled and melodic drum solo on “Night After Night,” driving the song to a very satisfying conclusion. Not to be outdone, Mowan shines brightly on his unique instrument, aptly laying down a solid bass groove one moment and the next igniting a dazzling solo or tickling the ears with funky wah effects. One need look no further than “She Heard My Cry” to realize Mowan’s prowess. A modern Barry White classic (though penned by Harrold and Mowan), this seductive song absolutely kills, simmering slowly until a crescendo ending. Fort Wayne jazz legend Eric Clancy joins them on this and one other track, contributing his organ prowess to great effect. 

The entire album is full of magical moments. There’s the nostalgic instrumental passage of the Latin-influenced Traffic cover “Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys,” the lone candle burning in the night sound and wailing vocals of “Priestess” and the seething emotion of “It’s Love.” The longest track is “Honey Sweet and Sugar Strong,” a 13-minute track formed around a leisurely pace that allows for plenty of musical explorations before running into the final track, “Falling Through The Sky,” a sweet love song built on shimmering electric piano and regrets. I can’t tell you how many times I found myself impressed during “Like You Do,” but let me try … there’s the killer drums throughout, the impressive and melodic bass line, the jaw-dropping organ solo (compliments of Clancy) and memorable vocals. 

This entire album just cooks! The joy and fun and freedom are evident on every track, breathing through the open, live sound. More information can be found at www.furtherfromyesterday.com, but I highly suggest you run out to Borders or the Bookmark or go to CD Baby or Amazon and pick up this seductive, sensual record today. Turn it on, drop the lights down low and realize the magical powers of Further From Yesterday. (Jason Hoffman)

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