I’m excited to announce the release of my 3rd single ‘Never Felt So Far From You’, out worldwide on Feb 16.
I wrote the song about that feeling of distance that comes in relationships of all kinds at some point. Sometimes it’s just because you are apart, sometimes it’s when you are close to something or someone and you feel you are drifting apart.
Like my first two singles ‘Just Like The Old Days’ and ‘Rebecca’s Curse’, we were lucky enough to record this at beautiful Monnow Valley Studio in Wales with producer / engineer Mike Spink, who’d worked with Jake Bugg and The Gaslight Anthem.
Unlike the first two releases though, I’ve gone a little more ‘americana’ with the sound in this new song.
I’d written the lyrics back in 2015 and I’d sat on them for a while. In my head, the song had quite a tuneful americana feel to it. I wanted an uplifting feel in the melody.
I was driving back home one night and a country number came on the radio. It was really weird because I’m certainly not a country singer and wasn’t interested in making this a full on country song, but the track had a real vibe to it and I thought, “Yeah, I could soften this a bit and give ‘Never Felt So Far From You’ a sort of light Nashville sound.
A blogger in Ireland called mp4hugger heard this a week or so ago and wrote a really sound comment:
“Has a touch of Morrissey in the performance, a singular way of throwing caution to the wind and all housed in a country tinged piece of homespun loveliness. When he sings we tend to listen because he always has something interesting to say and the most interesting ways of saying it. Good stuff.”
We recorded this with a great bunch of musicians. Christian Evans on guitar, Alex Reed on bass, Jamie Smith on drums and pedal steel player Joe Smith.
DD Allen Announces Release Of New Single...
‘Just Like The Old Days’
Teams Up With A-List Team Of Producers On New Record
British singer-songwriter DD Allen has announced the release of his new single ‘Just Like The Old Days’ available to purchase on all major media providers from October 28th. The new single is taken from DD Allen’s forthcoming album due out early 2017.
DD Allen first caught the attention of critics and fans alike when he supported James Blunt on the Bournemouth leg of his 2014 ‘Moon Landing’ arena tour.
Since then DD Allen has been putting the finishing touches on his debut album. On the new record, DD Allen has teamed up with an A-list team including double platinum selling producer / engineer Mike Spink (The 1975, Jake Bugg) and multi Grammy Award winner Andrew Scheps (Adele, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Hozier).
The yet untitled album was inspired by many great artists, including Bob Dylan, who Allen names as his greatest influence. The record also includes a cover version of Dylan’s ‘Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright’.
The new single ‘Just Like The Old Days’ is a melodic mixture of guitar riffs and soulful harmonica, laced with Allen’s signature raw vocals. Anticipation for the new release has met with excitement from fans and critics alike, who have noted Allen’s exceptional songwriting skills and electrifying live performances.
Fans can expect to see DD Allen live later this year, with more information available on his official website.
Emerging artist DD Allen is delighted to announce a collaboration with double platinum selling music Engineer/Producer Mike Spink, who has has worked with the likes of Jake Bugg, The 1975 and The Gaslight Anthem.
Fans are promised a number of bright fresh tracks from DD’s extensive 60-song back catalogue.
Already engaged in pre-production, the team are highly excited about the new material which will hopefully help DD Allen break through into the mainstream.
Spink has taken on the role of plotting a “sonic identity” for the album which will take listeners on a connected journey through the eyes and imagination of a brilliant young songwriter.
“When I listen to the back catalogue I can hear so many ideas and positive things in a lot of these tunes ... some that could be full band arrangements and some more acoustic and stripped back.” Claims Spink.
25-year old DD Allen who hails from Bournemouth in the UK left a promising career as a member of the McLaren P1 build team back in 2013.
He’d started writing songs and quickly became so consumed by the music he knew he had to make a full time commitment.
Live performances at The Larmer Tree Festival, Purbeck Valley Folk Festival and Party In The Park have contributed to a busy schedule which has also seen him support James Blunt on his Moon Landing Tour and even perform for UN General Secretary Ban-ki Moon.
Entering the studio with producer Mike Spink has proved a revelation for the youngster:
“It’s wonderful that someone who has worked with so many successful acts believes in my music and Mike is helping me reach a new level.” Claims DD.
“It’s so exciting for everyone involved in the project and that includes my producer, my band, management, our fledgling label and of course the fans that inspire me to write and perform.”