|Daniel Ash (Courtesy photo)|
Ash's career started with the underground early-Goth favorite, Bauhaus, named after the German architectural movement of the 1920s. Like the movement, Bauhaus based its aesthetic on sparseness, creating ambient, groove-based music with dark emotional underpinnings. Their 1979 cult classic, "Bela Lugosi is Dead," is indicative of the Bauhaus sound. The band later evolved, minus lead singer Peter
| DANIEL ASH |
Saturday, October 11
Ash's latest, self-titled solo album is another foray into the world of electronica. Most of the songs are in the same vein as those on 2000's Burning Man EP: computer heavy, beat-driven electronic grooves. His near-verbatim rendition of the the '60s chestnut, by the Classics IV, "Spooky," is one of the few moments on the album where Ash falls back into a more guitar-oriented sound.
Whether you view Ash as a Goth pioneer, '80s alt-pop figurehead or hedonistic, contemporary dance-music guru, Ash has a deep, diverse reservoir of material from which to draw. And you get the sense that his musical explorations haven't ended yet. •