Little Daggers

Little Daggers

by Val Emmich



On Little Daggers, Val Emmich carefully crafts a disingenuous album that's light and frothy, a poppy confection that sugarcoats the hard nut themes within. The entire album revolves around life and love, and never more cutting than on "Got a Habit Now" which is not about addiction, but the need for alcohol to lubricate the truth and ease out emotions one would prefer not to lay bare. That song is one of the most dow-tempo and introspective on the set, but even it has a bounce to its beat and a hook to its melody. "The Lucky Ones" and "Get on with It," in contrast, are irrepressibly chirpy, all thumping rhythm and singalong choruses. Thematically, though, the two songs are polar opposites, the former sitting in its cynicism waiting for fortune to change, the latter exuberantly diving straight into everything life has to offer. The rest of the set falls between these musical opposites, as Emmich dips down into indie folk, breezes into Americana -- the jaunty harmonica on "We Still Bleed" is a perfect touch -- and in a blur of acoustic guitars takes a stab at folk-punk on "Down." That almost moody latter track pushes towards the grandiose, but still sports a simplicity of sound that is the fulcrum of the set. But that too hides a secret, an arrangement much more complex than it initially seems, and for all its minimalistic feel, there's more going on than originally meets the ear. Which is the beauty of this set; perfect pop for discerning people, and lyrics honed with emotional truth.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/16/2008
Label: Bluhammock
UPC: 0899308000238
catalogNumber: 80023

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Val Emmich   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Various,Sampling
Rebecca Coupe Franks   Trombone,Trumpet,Guest Appearance
Blake Sennett   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Jason Cupp   Percussion,Guest Appearance
Eric Micali   Percussion,Drums,Human Whistle
Erik Lawrence   Tenor Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Marie Caterina   Vocals
Erica Baker   Vocals

Technical Credits

Rebecca Coupe Franks   Horn Arrangements
Lucia Holm   Graphic Design
Val Emmich   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Artwork,Audio Production
Jason Cupp   Producer,Engineer
Eric Micali   Whistle

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