Country of origin:
Type of music generally:
Heavy rock/pop with Eastern influences. (email@example.com)
Most recent album, Timber Tongue (1995)
Danielle Dax's site
You have got to be kidding! :) (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Writes with David Knight. Occasional covers. (Neile)
Musically, Dax wanders all over the map, from straightforward folk through straightforward (and great!) rock and roll through near chaos through odd mutant strains and combinations. An example of the latter is her use of a country-western framework, warped with a rock rhythm, a sitar instead of a guitar, and a few Middle Eastern touches. Many odd instrumental touches decorate most of her songs. Very little is repeated, and those Middle Eastern flavors are about the only motif that pops up. Oh, yes, Dax's voice also unifies her work: a full wide-ranging voice, which she puts through some amazing paces and distortions.
Recommended first album:
Dark Adapted Eye for those who like darker music, otherwise Blast the Human Flower (which is more mainstream). (Neile)
Jesus Egg that Wept
1984—Awesome Records, Biter of Thorpe—bot131-02
I think Danielle Dax is an incredibly innovative artist and Jesus Egg That Wept is the best thing she has ever done. I don't think I can really explain, it's just one of those gut things that hit you and make you go "yes!" (email@example.com)
Dark Adapted Eye
1988—Sire (U.S.)—9 25818-2, W2 25818
Danielle Dax—vocals, guitars, keyboards, bass, flute, sitar, kalimba, percussion, drone guitar
David Knight—guitars, keyboards, tapes, percussion, drone guitar
Great music, but not exactly for relaxation, you're more likely to get up and dance! 10 songs on the album are from the Inky Bloaters album, 1 from Pop-Eyes and 2 from Jesus Egg that Wept. 6 songs original to this album. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Blast the Human Flower
1990—Sire/Warner (U.S.)—9 26126-2, W2-26126
Wide on release
Recommended for lovers of alternative rock. (Neile)
Danielle Dax—vocals, keyboards, guitar
David Knight—keyboards, guitar, bass
This is just a little more pop than Dark Adapted Eye. (Neile)
Comatose Nonreaction: The Thwarted Pop Career of Danielle Dax
1995—Biter of Thorpe—bot131-06
It's really only for serious collectors, not for the uninitiated. (email@example.com)
A 2-CD compilation set I came across rather by chance. I've always been a big fan of Danielle, she's one of those weird and wonderful obscure artists. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Timber Tongue EP
1995—Biter of Thorpe—BOT 131-01EP
Available, at least directly through the label.
Recommended only for fans of the extremely experimental
I'll have to listen to Timber Tongue several more times to negate my expectation filter. The absence of Danielle's multifaceted voice (except the Laurie Anderson Home of the Brave, hockey mask style on "E.V.I.L. T.") has taken me a little by surprise. Expectation filters have a tendency to do that. I have a good feeling though, this is just the beginning of a new wave of Danielle's wonderful creations. (email@example.com)
Thanks to Jens P. Tagore Brage, Doug Burks, and Neal Copperman for work on this entry.
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