Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop, Roots


Sounds like

Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, Elliott Smith, Dustin Tebbutt


band members

Daniel Trakell


Influences

Elliott Smith, George Harrison, Tobias Jesso Jr, Big Star, Tom Petty, Ryan Adams, Andy Shauf, Tame Impala, Harry Nilsson


Website

soundcloud.com/danieltrakell

Bio

With delicately constructed guitar, lilting vocals and a matured lyricism, Melbourne songwriter Daniel Trakell returns with his first release for 2019 in ‘Wisdom/Boredom’. A song that wraps the listener up instantly with its warmth and rich musicality, ‘Wisdom/Boredom’ explores Trakell’s developed songwriting skill since his last single ‘So Long’ further put him on the map as an artist to watch.

Working together with friend and frequent collaborator Joshua Barber (Gretta Ray, Gotye) in the studio, Trakell thrived once more in Barber’s new home of Nashville; soaking up the energy of the Alex The Great Studio before the final touches were put on back in Australia. The end result has delivered a gorgeously layered piece of indie folk with touches of Bon Iver, Dustin Tebbutt and Fleet Foxes-esque influences threaded throughout. Trakell has injected touching emotion onto each of his releases thus far but on ‘Wisdom/Boredom’, the songwriter goes deeper than we have heard before.

‘Wisdom/Boredom’ is a reflective piece, as Trakell takes on the choices people make as life continues to roll on. “‘Wisdom/Boredom’ is a song about the life-altering decisions which come with growing older. Choices which can seem mundane at first but change the course of our lives, and tough decisions which we agonise over but end up being of little consequence. Often we can’t realise the quality of our judgement until we look back with the wisdom of hindsight.” Daniel Trakell

“Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Daniel Trakell partners the title track from his March EP with an enchanting video that captures both sides of his sound - haunting, melancholic isolation and just off-centre obscurity - as we follow a woods-dwelling loner searching for the ultimate peacefulness - getting lost in space.”
Rolling Stone Australia

“It’s like Elliott Smith on a magical mystery tour.”
Triple J, Dom Alessio (‘Wasted Light’)

“So many sweet little delicacies to unpack in this one. The sneaky-emotional string arrangement, the delicate glockenspiel, your faultless falsetto. I am charmed.”
Triple J, Max Quinn (‘All We Do’)

Unearthed in 2016

NIDA Video Clips

03 Apr 2016

Winner

Daniel Trakell

Daniel Trakell

Review

Review by Celline Narinli Celline Narinli

22 Jan 2019

Triple J
45

Honestly, this is my favourite discovery of the week. It's beautiful, stirring and emotive.

Honestly, this is my favourite discovery of the week. It's beautiful, stirring and emotive.

Review

Review by Nkechi Anele Nkechi Anele

18 Jan 2019

Triple J
40

Though you can hear the continuation of Trakell's ideas from previous songs in this, there seems to be a stronger sense of maturing with this new work and the development of his signature sound.
The depth and the reach of the sounds in this tune are refined and blissful with elegantly composed sonic landscapes illustrated beautifully.

Though you can hear the continuation of Trakell's ideas from previous songs in this, there seems to be a stronger sense of maturing with this new work and the development of his signature sound.
The depth and the reach of the sounds in this tune are refined and blissful with elegantly composed sonic landscapes illustrated beautifully.

Review

Review by Nkechi Anele Nkechi Anele

28 Sep 2016

Triple J
45

Another beautiful song by Daniel Trakell. The instrumentation is delicate and intricate complementing Daniels voice really well. Great work legend!

Another beautiful song by Daniel Trakell. The instrumentation is delicate and intricate complementing Daniels voice really well. Great work legend!