Straight from the honeycomb, Daniel Sahad's timbre pours smooth, slow, and sweet as juxtaposed to the six-string metallic shuffle and outburst of percussion on opener "This I Know." Study in contrasts, "Always on My Mind" and single "Clementine Tree" reveal the Dominican Republic native's humble falsetto that alternatively soars to a holler with unbridled abandon. Nané is an ecstatic, expansive debut flowing in multiple directions. Producer John Speice IV (Grupo Fantasma, Brownout) gives the Austin quintet ample breathing room from guitarist Ian Green's rhythmic strut in "Wolverine" and JaRon Marshall's psychedelic keys in "Pink Jag." Grounding all, Sahad's expressive voice demonstrates impressive vocal range and power. In a stilling, late-LP twofer, "Ladybird" drifts weightlessly, like a flitting candle wick supplicating the stinging ache of R&B burner "Something's Got to Give" as his voice opens the sky and scorches the earth all the same. Experience it live at Empire Garage on Saturday in two release shows.
Fri., Nov. 13. $90+.