Daniel Ash — key player in ’80s darkwave acts Bauhaus, Love and Rockets and Tones on Tail — this month quietly released the four-track It’s a Burn Out EP on iTunes, marking the singer’s first original solo recordings in eight years.
The collection, released Dec. 8 with little fanfare, features four of the tracks that Ash posted to his MySpace page this year, and arrives six months after he released a one-off recording of a cover of the David Essex tune “Rock On” (which Love and Rockets used to play live) that he made with Zak Ambrose.
The EP features a diverse mix of tunes: the glam-splattered guitar rocker “Flame On”; “Indie Boys,” which rides a slinky, throbbing groove; the acoustic-driven “Someday”; and “Candy Eye,” a Europop duet with Angelique Bianca.
In recent interviews, the singer has both suggested he’s releasing a full album in 2010 — the follow-up to 2002’s Daniel Ash — and expressed his boredom with the album format and a desire to self-release singles and EPs online.
In July, Ash told Slicing Up Eyeballs: “I do quite like the idea of singles rather than albums. Just one track rather than listening to 10 songs. … I’ve got a MySpace now where I’ve got like five tracks, all new stuff. I’m just sort of giving it away. People can just listen to it for free and I can get a reaction from that.”
See tracklist for Daniel Ash’s ‘It’s a Burn Out’ after the jump…
Tracklist: Daniel Ash, It’s a Burn Out
1. “Flame On”
2. “Indie Boys”
4. “Candy Eye”
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