A father’s ode to smiley emojis, midnight WhatsApps and accidentally being on mute
Dan Whitehouse releases an acoustic sequel to 2022’s ’The Glass Age’ – presenting the same songs stripped-back, in emotional and vulnerable performances, captured live, using his exceptional storytelling and sensitivity to explore the thin and fragile layer between digital and emotional life.
‘Reflections On The Glass Age’: Release 28th April 023
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Isolated from his infant son and restricted from making art during the global upheaval of 2020, DAN WHITEHOUSE took solace in connectivity through digital space. A snatched zoom call, a message on instagram, a late flurry of lovelorn emojis.
“I had an epiphany,” says Dan. “Screens are okay! We should embrace them. They’re magical, really. A portal to our loved ones, in our pockets, at all times.”
Dan reflected on how much of our human experience and expression is now mediated through the looking glass of virtual communication, and crafted a delicate suite of songs to soundtrack his musings.
Fittingly, for the subject matter, Dan recorded ‘The Glass Age’ remotely, shuttling stems back and forth with Swedish electronica whizkid Gustaf Ljunggren. Their online collaboration bore fruit last summer, in the shape of glacial masterpiece ‘The Glass Age’.
Now, in the spirit of life returning to normal, Dan is re-releasing the songs from ‘The Glass Age’ in acoustic form. ‘Reflections From The Glass Age‘ – an acoustic sequel – presents the same songs stripped-back, in emotional and vulnerable performances captured live in Copenhagen when the pair were finally able to meet IRL, and in Devon.
“These new versions of the songs evolved so organically” says Dan. “They began life in hibernation, and were recorded and produced remotely. Now, stepping out from behind the glass, I’ve been able to breathe new life into them.”
Campfire kicks off with the immortal couplet “When you change the way you look at things / The things you look at start to change”. Rainbows Never End is an emotive tear-jerker about Dan’s little boy. The Thin Blue Line uses a searing metaphor about explorers trapped under Antarctic permafrost to evoke icy long-distance longing.
No longer limited to the digital realm, Dan is relieved to be out and about again.
“I think we need to acknowledge the value and validity of both. Face-to-face hugs, holding hands, a sunrise waltz – or a digital wave with a daft doggy-ear filter on. The tears behind the screen are just as real.”
Learning how to thrive under a new paradigm, and harnessing newfound techniques to focus on self-care and embracing his inner artist, Dan Whitehouse is today an artist at the very peak of his powers.
And happily, at the time of writing, he is in Japan enjoying time with his boy.
Reflections on The Glass Age
Written by Dan Whitehouse & Gustaf Ljunggren except
THE GLASS AGE co-written with Stephen Hodd
NEW LOVE co-written with Patricia Morris, Beth Aggett, Tom Milner, Mimi Jasson, & Alex Lowe
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Tr 1, 4 & 5 Dan Whitehouse: Vocals & Guitar Tr 2, 3, 6 & 7 Gustaf Ljunggren: Piano
Tr 4 backing vocals by Billie Maree
Tr 2, 3, 6 & 7 Recorded and mixed live by Gustaf Ljunggren
at A Small World, Copenhagen, DK
Tr 1 & 5 Recorded and mixed live by Matt and Lucy Board at Penquit Mill Studios, Strode, UK
Tr 4 Recorded and mixed live by Ollie Dixon at The Angel Studio, Totnes
Mastered by Mark Freegard Artwork by Martin D. Hyde Photo Simon Congdon