Singleman Affair, Joshua Abrams Natural Information Society, the Humminbird | Burlington | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

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When: Thu., July 3, 9 p.m. 2014

In 2011, when Reader music writer Miles Raymer profiled Daniel Schneider (aka the Singleman Affair), he wondered why the singer-songwriter so often ended up being called “psychedelic.” Schneider doesn’t object to the term—“I like the idea of this expansive journey,” he says in that profile—but his most recent full-length, 2011’s The Silhouettes at Dawn (Cardboard Sangria), ain’t necessarily a rabbit hole of fun, hallucinatory trippiness. “She Said She Had Somewhere to Go” is harrowing and solemn, its swooning pedal steel and gentle brushed snare evoking tumblin’ tumbleweeds rather than Lucy’s sky full of diamonds. And Schneider’s vocals can be chilling, climbing to an airy upper register or plummeting into a sultry throatiness that recalls Nick Cave—and they’re awash in reverb, like most everything else. The Singleman Affair is guitar music for the folk-leaning loner, and judging from Schneider’s breezy ease and whistle on “Same Sky I See,” he’s comfortable in that role. That’s not to say he’s some sort of musical recluse, though—he’s had scads of collaborators over the years (among them drummer and producer Graeme Gibson, guitarist Emmett Kelly, and Mark Messing of Mucca Pazza), and lately he’s been presenting the Singleman Affair’s Orpheatric Variety Show every month at Cafe Mustache, with performance artists, dancers, and music from the likes of Ben Boye and Doug McCombs. The next Singleman Affair album, featuring Adam Vida on drums and Sam Wagster on bass, should come out before the end of the year. —Kevin Warwick

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