Poignant lyrics.Really dig the voice. Dreamy...Ethereal,yet very grounded and strong. Every sound seems to be in the right place and never overplayed.All I had to do was pop it in and go along for the ride. Steve Allat-Muses Muse Mesmerizing.It's a bittersweetly seductive album,filled with songs covered in the scent of tired urban sighs coated in the dust of an aching midwest.Filled with an almost abstract sense of loss,Fastest Machine sounds like gazing into a blazing desert sun,the deserted remains of an Edward Hopper gas station the only signs of a lost civilisation.Certainly one of the finest finds of the summer if not the year.
Alistair Fitchett-Tangents A gloriously understated,emotional treat from the U.S. midwestern heartland.It's steeped in experience,loss,sadness and a warm grace...simply captivates from start to finish.The title track is insistent and hypnotic,with flecks of piano and a further ambient patchwork.It's a lovely yearning gear,vaguely reminiscent of early bowie...Elsewhere ghosts of recent unsung heroes flit in and out of Smith's muse.Both the pretty but somber "Losing Ground"and especially the emotionally blasted"Signal"recall Mark Kozelek,while the downhome acoustic picking and gentle close miked vocals of "Hopelessly Misunderstood"and the wistful postscript of "Just A Phase"summon (favourable)thoughts of Elliot Smith.The backdrops and vision are very much David Smith's own,though,and with Widdowson's intelligent,sympatico production he's made a great debut that keeps trickery to a minimum and shoves the emotional impact to the fore.Coming seemingly out of nowhere,"Fastest Machine"heralds the arrival of a bona fide new talent.Tim Peacock-Whispering and Hollering I couldn't pull myself away from this music.It's powerful.Complex,seductive,and unlike anything I've heard before.Jennifer Layton-indiemusic.com Smith seems to fit into a simliar category with Joe Henry,Lisa Germano,early"E"(pre-Eels)Nick Drake and Elliot Smith.Beautifully flowing chord structures of acoustic guitar,drums and bass,textured wonderfully with various atmospheric background sounds.David Smith is a major new talent bettering most of the new troubadors by leaps and bounds.George Benett-Musictap.net Fastest Machine is available at CD Baby.com and Miles of Music.com. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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