Daniel Merriweather Change:
I'd completely forgotten that Daniel Merriweather's debut album comes out this Spring. It's taken him almost two years to produce the record with Mark Ronson, so I'm hoping for greatness. While I could do without a rap feature - which takes vocal time away from Daniel - the first single Change is solid soul/pop, even if the video above is weak. The album it leads is called Love & War; other songs include Red, Cigarettes, Getting Out, For Your Money and Chainsaw
This week Ronson and Merriweather also released a cover of McCartney's 70's geekhit Wonderful Christmastime. It's all over HypeMachine and is pretty faithful, which is good or bad depending on your tolerance level for the original. Love the false start. If that ain't your groove, then go right back to their tear-soaked cover of The Smiths' Stop Me.
It's highly likely that Daniel will be a household name (in indie/pop shanties at least) by the end of 2009. Let us say a little prayer that fame does not swallow him the way it overtook his friend Amy Winehouse. He is the real deal.
Thanks to Arjan for catching this new single.