David Bowie was a maverick amongst the sound and scope of rock music. His radical approach electrified the early 1970s rock scene with songs that braided psychedelic sensibilities and abstract lyricism, and to this day, his achievements have maintained one of the biggest followings in rock history. As New York Times wrote on his passing, David Bowie "transcended music, art and fashion...earned admiration and emulation across the musical spectrum — from rockers, balladeers, punks, hip-hop acts, creators of pop spectacles and even classical composers..."
John Vanderslice approaches Bowie’s Diamond Dogs with the infectious melodies and the trademark ardor that have continuously deemed him one of indie and experimental rock’s elite. Rather than merely covering Bowie’s album Pitchfork says “Vanderslice takes the hits and turns them on their heads.” In the liner notes for this project, best-selling author Daniel Handler (AKA Lemony Snicket) writes “This is an album of covers of dreams of songs from an album that covers a book that dreams of a future that is now the past.” A remarkable, heartfelt, tribute to one of the most influential artists of our time.
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