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Known up un­til now as one of the two singer-song­writ­ers in Vic­to­ria’s chilled-out Cur­rent Swell, Dave Lang steps away from the vet­eran unit with his first solo re­lease, Davers.

If his day job makes you want to fire up a joint and hang on the beach in front of Ben Harper’s place, this five-song out­ing is for when the Novem­ber rains roll in and the best thing in the world is a cabin with a roar­ing fire.

Lang isn’t to­tally di­alled down on Davers, with “Heart of Glass” buoyed by sun-faded Lau­rel Canyon gui­tars and warm splashes of piano, and “I Watched You Grow Up” an un­abashedly joy­ful love let­ter to fa­ther­hood. Still, it’s the quiet mo­ments that re­ally stand out, from the come­down­coun­try opener “Brother Brother” to the baroque-folk closer “Put Your Pain on Me”. Davers starts out the plain­tive “Tooth and Nail” by singing “When I was young I learned that I could do any­thing.” Based on the ev­i­dence pre­sented here, that in­cludes rein­vent­ing him­self as an artist who un­der­stands that some­times you want to pour a healthy two fin­gers of Ard­beg Ten Years Old and turn the lights down low.

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