DANIEL JAMES EATON/CHARIOTEER
KINGS OF SPACE SPLIT I
Stumbled on a new tape label while wandering around Colorado Springs a week or two ago. Daniel James Eaton and Charioteer were playing a sidewalk set that drew me away from whatever vague plans I already had with sounds of carefully considered, expertly crafted pop. These guys are part of a cassette label/collective in the Springs called Kings of Space. And I thought I was the only tape weirdo in this town!
Daniel James Eaton has the healthy work ethic of a truly dedicated artist; his Bandcamp reveals that 2011 was a “year of songs” which produced 15 volumes. His side of this split is full of dreamy fragments, airy delay-ridden vocals and carnival barks. Solid song construction is ossified beneath layers of sound and texture, flowing from zone to zone with enough variety to keep your ear pinned to it.
The Charioteer side features a similar lo-fi delay-buried-vocal aesthetic, but is highlighted by intricate guitar picking and nuanced songwriting. Full of deep emotion and perfectly-chosen exotic chords. You can tell when someone has listened to “a lot” of songs and knows all the little tricks. Charioteer has studied well, and he’s got an excellent, expressive set of pipes to boot. His Bandcamp is here.
The tapes are homedubbed and handcrafted, each one wrapped up with twine and decorated with stickers. I’d tell you where to order this if I could. Their Facebook is here.
I did end up with an extra copy of this, drop me a line if you’d like one.