Van Darien – American Steel
Number of Tracks:1
From the Album:American Steel
Available Date & Time: Sep 14 2020 10:00:00 EDT
Impact Date: Sep 21 2020 00:00:00
VAN DARIEN – AMERICAN STEEL
“…USES COUNTRY MUSIC AS A JUMPING-OFF POINT FOR A BROADER, BOLDER SOUND…AMERICANA ATMOSPHERICS WITH OVERDRIVEN GUITAR AND THROATY HOOKS FIT FOR POP ROYALTY.”
– ROLLING STONE COUNTRY
“VAN DARIEN IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE SONGWRITERS. HER SONGS CUT STRAIGHT TO THE BONE. DEPTH & PURITY, IT'S A DANGEROUS COMBINATION"
-SHAYNE HOLLINGER KFWR 95.5 THE RANCH
“ONE OF THE MOST PROMISING DEBUT DISCS I’VE HEARD THIS YEAR… AN INTROSPECTIVE FOLK-FLAVORED TROUBADOUR WITH A HEALTHY DOSE OF DEEP SOUL.”
– MUSIC ROW MAGAZINE
“POETIC…POSSESSES A RESTRAINED POWER THAT IS REMINISCENT OF GREAT ARTISTS LIKE MELISSA ETHERIDGE.”
– AMERICAN SONGWRITER
"THE DRIVING GRINDING GROOVE OF THE TRACK LENDS TO ITS DANGEROUS SUBJECT, WITH VAN DARIEN’S CUTTING VOCALS SEARING WITH INTENSITY. ITS CINEMATIC VIDEO IS A PERFECT DEPICTION OF THES RACE TO DESTRUCTION."
– PARADE MAGAZINE
Sometimes it takes stepping away from what you know to gain a new perspective and appreciation for where you came from. That's the journey that Van Darien found herself upon after making the move from her home state of Texas to Nashville. After forging her path as an artist and enduring a slew of life challenges along the way, she became nostalgic for the people and places that she left behind. This deeply personal journey of growth, reflection, and discovery is the driving force behind her introspective debut record Levee.
Produced by Steven Cooper and JD Tiner at East Nashville's Glass Onion Studio, Levee mixes earnest folk songwriting with experimental pop elements to create a dreamy, engaging sound that's all her own. Darien’s full-length debut features contributions from Brandy Zdan, Owen Beverly (Indianola), Thayer Serrano (MGMT, Drive-by Truckers), Mando Saenz, Joey Green, and Maren Morris, with Morris co-writing the tracks "Low Road" and “Twisted Metal.”
A native of Weatherford, Texas, Van Darien grew up with both the ethereal beauty and seemingly inescapable isolation that are the age-old duality of rural country living. Her father ran a machine shop on her family's land, which was scattered with rusted out cars and pieces of scrap metal — an industrial landscape where she first picked up a guitar, began writing poems, and started to develop her own sound. From there, she forged relationships with other like-minded artists in the Lone Star State and evolved her songwriting processes. She released her first EP Silent Sparrow in 2014, showcasing her earthy vocals and a gritty, organic, and soulful blend of Americana, alt-country, folk, and rock that were grown from the ground up.
This deeply moving collection of songs represents an artist unafraid to take chances while keeping a grip on the pieces of the past that led her forward. With Levee, Van Darien speaks from the heart, emitting an aura of grit and grace that will connect with anyone who has found themselves venturing down one of life's uncertain and unpredictable paths.
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