Literally one-upping Magnetic Fields, ex-touring musician and now-barber Drew Danburry returned to For All the Girls, his outlet for teenage nom de plume, Damien Fairchild, to release 70 Love Songs this past Valentine’s Day. Composed of tracks for all the girls 16-year-old protagonist Fairchild’s loved before, 70 Love Songs is a series of youthful interludes, snippets and half-thoughts filtered through Beach Boys harmonies (“Dominique”), Tom Waits barroom jazz (“Juanita”) and ’50s pop standards with a nod to Rick Springfield’s “Jesse’s Girl” (“Ashlee”).
While 70 Love Songs may seem an ambitious project, given Danburry’s back catalog it’s unlikely any other artist could pull off such a feat. Collaborating with different artists on each song (L’Anarchiste, MIDEAU, et al), the track list of 70 Love Songs reads like the credits of a rap album. As a listener, tackling an album of 70 songs may appear to be a daunting task but with only one track extending beyond the three-minute mark, 70 Love Songs is a masterstroke of sequencing. It’s clear Danburry understands the value of musical economy.
Stream/purchase 70 Love Songs below and swoon in pure pop bliss. Brian Wilson, eat your heart out.