Dominic Moore Sings His Heart Out
With his fourth studio album and first solo project, Dominic Moore explores himself and the world with honesty. Although there are a lot of musical steps forward on this record, the biggest change is in the scope of subject matter. In this record, the listener is surrounded by the good, the bad, and the ugly. Subjects run from disenfranchised misfits (Ethan Allen Hawley), to street hustlers turned heroes (Thank you Sean Carter), to love finally gone right (Cadillac Diamond). Moore explains: 'I tried to focus more on general emotion, and in some cases I had to tell a concrete story-there was just no better way to get a point across'. Dominic is joined on the album by friends and loved ones. Paul Jacobsen, another great singer-songwriter, added vocal and guitar (Zanzibar and New York City). Paul and Dominic have been playing together for years. Check out Paul's recording (with Dominic singing backup) also on CD Baby. Moore's former band, The Esperanto Ensemble, add some rock and experimentation that had been hinted at in previous albums. In these tracks, the style of these jazz-trained players mixes with influence of Pavement, Sonic Youth, and Wilco (Alright and Loudmouth soup). Katie Moore, Dominic's wife who inspired most of the positivity on this album, also lends her voice on a few tracks. With a pure and almost childlike voice she helps add integrity and feeling to the music (Honkey Tonk and Sooner or Later). Among the hand claps, acoustic guitars, and harmonies of this predominantly folk record, a unique instrument is heard-an answering machine. 'I mixed in a lot of answering machine messages, it has become my most used tool of communication and it captured moments and feelings in a way I never could'. Mixed in with the moments of family and friends is a message from L.L. Cool J (New York City). 'I came home one day to check my messages, and there was a prerecorded message from him promoting some local radio station. I laughed about it for a couple of days, and then realized I could use it on the record.' Dominic Moore Sings Heart Out is a milestone for this powerful singer-songwriter. Both fierce and vulnerable, these songs give insight to the artist as well as the listener and the world at large.