"They're a snappy group with sharp compositions that feature the best parts of the genre; they have bluesy roots, the songs are straightforward. They're a group that plays in sync together well...and makes DD Horns' debut album something definitely worth copping." Anthony Dean-Harris, Editor-in-Chief, Nextbop
For the last 15 years, DD Horns have been a force of nature, helping other musicians to realize their creative visions on stage and in the studio. A Los Angeles based wrecking crew of a horn section comprised of Danny T. Levin on brass and David Moyer on woodwinds, you've likely already heard them play, as their collective resume is staggering: Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg, Vampire Weekend, Noel Gallagher, Twenty-one Pilots, Regina Spektor, Gary Clark Jr., Diplo, Rilo Kiley, Psychic Temple, Paloma Faith, Bleached, The Front Bottoms, Matt Nathanson, Breakestra, Bernard Fanning, English Beat, and Carina Round… just to name a few of the artists they have recorded and/or performed with.
With their debut release, DD Horns finally take a well-earned step into the limelight.
DD Horns is a retro-futuristic jazz quintet playing a discerningly curated selection of modern era indie rock and pop tunes - Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, and Magnetic Fields - as well as catchy originals. Their debut self-titled record, DD Horns, is a collection of 7 songs, recorded in one marathon 8 hour recording session on January 31, 2016 at All Welcome Studios in Inglewood CA. It features Blake Straus on guitar, JP Maramba on bass, and Michael Villiers on drums. Chris Schlarb produced the session alongside engineer Devin O'Brien. The songs were then mixed by Howard Willing at the Bear's Lair in Nashville and mastered by Mike Bozzi at Bernie Grundman in Hollywood.
The record is truly an organic listening experience - no overdubs, fixes, comping, or other modern studio trickery was employed in the making of this album. What you hear is organic, whole, and natural: complete takes of 5 musicians recording a song live in a room from start to finish. Think of it as farm to table music.
The result is a powerful blend: equal parts inspiration from the past and vision for the future creating a sophisticated sound of today.