“Lipton’s rustic arrangements are all at once contemporary and powerful, yet steadily indicative of other masters of the singer-songwriting genre. His raspy quiver recalls Ray LaMontagne while the agile break in his voice conjures up the late Jeff Buckley.” – The Vinyl District (March 4, 2016)
“A modern day folk artist that has drawn inspiration from a lot of great folk storytellers to make his album whimsical, homey and modern, as if audibly hanging up backyard twinkle lights.” – Huffington Post (April 22, 2016)
“The spirit of the American nomadic folk poet is alive and well in 2016. With the range of digital distractions drawing your eyes every which way while locking your body at rest, it’s comforting to know there are still artists out there who will chase a more traditional sort of muse beyond instant gratification.” – GroundSounds (Feb 08, 2016)
“If you’re a fan of fingerpicked guitar and literate vocals, we think you’re going to enjoy this.” – Songwriting Magazine (Feb 09, 2016)
“These kind of story-songs live and die on the experience and emotion conveyed within them, and Lipton draws out every last drop of hurt, fear and pride that lies dormant in each syllable.” – Joshua Pickard, Nooga.com (Feb 16, 2016)
Dan Lipton has followed his muse across the Eastern Seaboard, soaking in a pastiche of musical juice from the various territories he has visited. Each song on his newest album, Breathing In, is tied to a concrete location, capturing the spirit of American nomadic folk poetry in a modern frame.
Lipton looks back on his travels fondly but sums up his musical journey succinctly, saying “I caught my stride in Atlanta, lost it in Brooklyn while recalibrating my songwriting to fit a less country-oriented audience, and then found my style again in DC.” Lipton began self-recording Breathing In along the way, with the bulk of the material tracked out in rented cabins from Maine to Virginia. This process came about based on cost and convenience but most of all because Dan was looking to reflect certain specific moods and experiences in his delivery.
In the wake of its release this past February, Breathing In was covered by Huffington Post, hailed as “beautifully powerful” by Groundsounds and called a “sun-dappled, grass between the toes, slice of comfort” by Bearded Magazine. Many outlets also took note of Dan’s journeyman approach to his songwriting and he was lauded as “A master in his own field” by Famous Last Words. More than anything, the album seemed to provide a healing balm for those experiencing the transitory nature of modern living.
“It’s collection of songs that seeks meaning in the everyday experiences of urban existence, drinking and getting older” Lipton reflects. “I wanted to capture some measure of anticipation with no real resolution, which is why the album is called Breathing In.”
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