Dana Gavanski - Never Too Far (Flemish Eye): Recently relocated to London, England, this Serbian-Canadian singer/songwriter is readying the release of an EP, Wind Songs, on Aug. 14.
It is a record of covers, and here she tackles a much-loved tune by US folk star Tim Hardin. Her take on the song is gently mesmerising, and it captures the dreamy sound of ‘60s folk perfectly, while there are enough subtle production touches to hold your interest.
In a label press release, she explains “I got into Tim Hardin 1 in the last year and something about Never Too Far struck me. It’s cheeky and upbeat, but also quite melancholic. There’s a strangeness to it I can’t put my finger on, a tension of intent. On my last tour, before lockdown, James and I played this song in most of the sets with an old analogue Roland drum machine so it was great to get into the studio and explore it a bit more.”
Gavanski has been labelled a psych-folk artist, but her choice of covers shows eclectic (and discerning) musical taste. Previously released have been her versions of tunes by King Crimson and Chic/Robert Wyatt.
Her earlier original album, Yesterday Is Gone, came out in March and has received lavish praise.
PR: Ken Beattie, Killbeat