The journey for Ian Daniels, AKA Goldseal, has been a long and winding one. Once hailed as a 'Songwriter of future distinction,' 'An original rock and roll refugee' and 'One of the more prominent song writing talents to roll off the Mersey's soulful shores'.
After turning out in Indie prospects Pere Lachaise- whose implosion led to the remaining members’ swift, phoenix like regeneration as Guru Sales. Their debut (and final) album ' You Can't Look Back Forever' was bullet-holed with potential greatness and even after a quick reminisce it’s lost none of its dark edge.
But there’s that word again, potential. It’s not a new word to the music industry, plenty have fallen by the wayside, but 9 years after leaving Guru Sales and Liverpool for the bright lights and soothing alienation of London, maybe this potential is finally going to be realised. After several aborted solo attempts and garnering the reputation of someone who simply keeps jumping off the horse whenever it starts to gallop, teasing fans with glimpses of what might be and chameleon like tinkering to evolve his sound (the latest double A-side was trip-hop heavy, folk mesh reminiscent of some beautiful Bowie clone.)
Meanwhile the song writing style it seems has always stuck fast, bruised and bruising, reflective and longing, a melancholy acceptance of his lot laced with just enough hope that all is not lost. And all is not lost on the evidence of his latest offerings and live shows, now without the restrictions and pressure of a label, the freedom seems to have opened a Pandora’s box. Back to basics, indie, folk, driven soul, lush lonesome scouse cowboy vox that have led to obvious comparisons with Messrs Cohen and Cash, balancing the riddled self-consciousness of an Eliott smith, but humming all the way through with beautiful melodies and purpose.
It’s hard to really put my money on it but if he stays on this horse finally we may just yet get to watch him ride off into the sunset.