Mitchell Hillman listens to more local music than just about anyone in the Valley. He presents his picks for best new music in his column, Right Hear, Right Now.
There Is Danger - "Youth" There Is Danger's album Living Dreams was my favorite local album of 2013, and by the sound of the first single from the band's forthcoming EP, the new record will finish out as one of my favorites of 2015. "Youth" is a sprawling, six-minute cascading dream-pop wonderscape that really captures the essence of the band as it is now. While the first album was largely Ills Riske (Whisperlights) and a collection of some of the best talents in town, this recording seems to represent the consistent seven-piece band that it has become. This song makes me more eager than ever to hear the rest of the tracks that will be released alongside it in the spring. The entire song is filled with wonderful textures, too many instruments to name, and a strict attention to detail on every sound found within its lush territory. It's something of a slow-core pocket symphony that delivers a subtle beauty that is sure to massage your soul. While they have described themselves as lo-fi, there is no evidence of that found here -- no, this is carefully composed and beautifully recorded. The rest of their EP cannot get here soon enough. Though we may no longer have Whisperlights, I'm thankful the spirit and songwriting continue in There Is Danger.