This review was originally published in July of 2018.
Ever since Hozier performed "Take Me to Church" with Annie Lennox at the 2015 Grammy Awards, this kind of mid-tempo Indie Rock / Soul has been having a well-deserved come back. Johan Danno, with his new release Rescue Me, extends that tradition with a deeply inflected gospel voice and an intermittent funk groove.
The temptation to stack harmonies on top of that gravelly lead vocal must have been considerable, but not taken, leaving us with a gritty sound and a very stripped-down set of elements. The entire emotional journey rests on that vocal performance, the immediacy of the lyricism, and the blues-style breaks.
Johan Danno is a musician with one foot in Australia and the other in Florida. This song is featured on our CHILL Angeles playlist.