Django Jazz with a Singer/Songwriter's Touch
Ash Ganley resides in Lyons CO, a small little Front Range town that happens to be where I spent a month over the holidays last winter. With this loose cultural connection, I'm absolutely delighted to sing the praises of his song "Colder Than Starlight," a sort of indie-pop take on Gypsy Jazz, mixed with a hint of Rockabilly (confused yet?). The fast beat will definitely make you tap your toes, using an accented rhythm guitar's upstroke on the two and four to give you that Django feel. This rhythm guitar is augmented by some lightning fast lead jazz guitar and backed by a woman's harmonies and some light drumming, probably using brushes. However, the vocals are unique, and do not resemble typical singing in either Django Jazz or American Southern music like Rockabilly. They are husky, dark, poetic, and just ever-so-slightly sinister. "There's no use in trying to confess all your sins, your words are just lost in the night/ while a storm boils up from the mountains behind, you find that surrender's the only way left to survive." Beautiful.