Recording as Static Diary, songs span genres from ethereal keyboard-vocal arrangements to ambient-instrumental concepts. Hear “UFO’s” at PopMatters.
Scott Danbom of Static Diary as photographed by Jenny VanDivier.
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Static Diary – Live
Denton / Dallas! Sat., July 28th: See Static Diary live! Record release show (w/ Margaret Chavez) at Dan’s Silver Leaf. Info / RSVP here.
About Static Diary
“I’ve always been fascinated with UFO’s,” says Denton, Texas-based Scott Danbom of the track taken from the former Centro-Matic member’s debut solo album under the name Static Diary. “‘Close Encounters of The Third Kind’ is my favorite film.” Hear “UFO’s” now at PopMatters here. “This song also reminds me of the kind of songwriting that I fell in love with as a kid,” Danbom continues.
Static Diary’s self-titled full-length arrives on July 27th via Goliad Media Group, and Danbom will play a record release show at Denton venue Dan’s Silver Leaf the following evening alongside label mate Margaret Chavez, the solo moniker of Marcus William Striplin of Pleasant Grove, who also released a solo record on the Goliad Media Group label earlier this year.
In addition to his work with the pioneering alt-country band Centro-matic, Danbom is a veteran performer and accompanist, who has also worked with Centro-matic leader Will Johnson (who appears on Static Diary), as well as Sarah Jaffe, Drive-By Truckers, and many more throughout his long career. As Danbom explains, Goliad’s Chris Welch played an integral role in motivating Danbom to bring his debut solo album into existence.
“Talking to Chris about my work, and the idea of Goliad as an outlet that could capture some of what had been collecting throughout the years, really inspired the latest collection of ideas and songs,” he says. The record is a long time coming for Danbom, who has been composing since he was a child.
“I’ve been writing and arranging pretty much since the first time I sat down at the piano,” he says. “I entered a couple of composition contests in early grade school, and the first synth I owned inspired countless compositions in high school and college.”
Even so, while Danbom has had the good fortune to play with many prolific writers and original voices throughout his professional life, he confesses that this scenario “can stall your confidence when you are trying to find your own voice. It was always in the back of my mind to find a situation where I could focus this creative energy.”
With Static Diary, Danbom succeeds at bringing his haunting keyboard and vocal arrangements, and his experimental ambient and instrumental concepts, together under one roof. He describes these divergent artistic personalities as “a word and a symbol that mean the same thing but just have a blurry, different feel. Nothing too complex and nothing too simple.”
Static Diary, the debut solo album by Scott Danbom, arrives July 27th, 2018 via Goliad Media Group. Danbom is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.
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July 27th, 2018
01. One Song
02. Phrase From Business
10. Carefully Poisoned
12. Open Close Letter
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