Dan Le Sac will release his debut solo album, Space Between The Words, on Sunday Best on July 10th. Written, produced and with vocals from Dan himself, the album features collaborations with Emmy the Great, Merz, Sarah Williams White, B Dolan, Joshua Idehen and Pete Hefferan. Known for his long-standing partnership with Scroobius Pip, Dan is adding some unexpected colors to the palette and they’re vividly splashed all over Space Between the Words.
On Space Between the Words, Dan lets the spotlight fall on some fresh new vocalists, as well as working with one of his musical heroes, the cult electronic folk singer Merz, who appears on the album’s opening number, a pulsing house-pop gem, ‘Long Night of Life’ and the lush melodic song ‘Zephyr’ that seems to have escaped from the late 1960s via le sac’s electronica time machine. Emmy the Great contributes her unique voice to ‘Memorial’, which brings a touch of Shirley Bassey Bond themes to the club. There are also two songs featuring rising emcee B. Dolan, the bass-punching party tune ‘Good Time Gang War’ and the crafty, crunk-tinted, ‘Caretaker’. Elsewhere Dan showcases hot rising singers Sarah Williams White and Pete Hefferan. The former appears on the crisp, catchy and engagingly funky single ‘Play Along’. Hefferan - formerly of Pete & The Pirates - sings on one of the album’s two covers, a piano-tinted take on Arab Strap’s ‘Cherubs’, which Dan had wanted to record for years and calls “a wonderfully tuneful bit of depression”.
With Space Between the Words, Dan Le Sac has created a smart, effervescent debut with a broad appeal that straddles multiple genres. It’s a sharply individual snapshot of modern pop’s endless possibilities.