Dan Webb reconsiders the meaning of A Good Song with the help of Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier in his trippy, ethereal new single and video — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
When it comes to music, everyone’s taste is different — and the definition of good music varies from person to person. Melbourne multi-genre artist Webb and American indie-rocker Saunier delve into the topic in this thought-provoking experimental offering from Webb’s his recently released fourth album Sunshine/Dialogue.
Against a jazzy instrumental with hints of electronica, Saunier explains why he doesn’t believe in the concept of a good song. “What you want is a good song to become undefined, so that everything that has been proscribed is now allowed, everything that has been unheard can now be heard,” says Webb.
The statement has a profound effect on Webb. “The original question I asked Greg was ‘What makes a good song in your opinion?’ ” he recalls. “I’d asked that question to many other artists, but Greg’s response to that question was unlike anything else I’d heard previously. It really stuck with me, and it reshaped the way I thought about music.”
Webb made inroads as an underground artist with two well received EPs in 2009 and 2010, then began to garner mass acclaim with his 2014 full-length debut Sandstorm. His followup Oedipus the King was inspired by the political chaos of 2016. Not only did it provide the soundtrack to a tumultuous era, but it also drew comparison to Berlin-era David Bowie and Bitches Brew-era Miles Davis. His third album Exotic Erotic Concoction would be a sonic aphrodisiac that ebbed and flowed between jazz, electronica and experimentalism.