Daniel Martin Moore
Cold Spring, Kentucky
Jack Johnson, Nick Drake, Damien Rice
Gospel music and indie rock aren't usually two fingers of the same hand, but after listening to romantic folk rocker Daniel Martin Moore's recent bold foray into the former realm, atheists may not be giving religion a second chance, but have no shame in enjoying Moore's poetic musings and lush compilations that transcend all affiliations.
After leaving the Peace Corps, the determined yet novice singer-songwriter sent a demo to venerable indie rock label Sub Pop Records in 2007. We think it goes without saying the chances of this label giving an unsolicited demo the time of day are slim to none; our bets are that he enclosed a photo of his lanky, high school basketball player-esque physique earnestly clutching an acoustic guitar that just made them smile and say "This has to be at least be entertaining." Entertained they were. Since their putting out his debut album Stray Age in October of 2008, he's consistenly released effervescent arrangements under their wing, demonstrating how he flourishes from the hearty, foot-tapping buoyancy of finger-picking folk to the other end of the spectrum within the alluring world of gospel's entrancing organs and delicate rhythms with 2011's Cool of Day.
Whether you were a fan of the Moore that used giddy, bluesy, folk to bring attention to the environmental damage in Kentucky, or caught wind of the dexterous musician after his transition into accessible gospel, we'll all agree on one thing: Moore's craft remains solid. His sublime vocals, unwavering heart and commanding presence are compromised for no genre.