Folk singer songwriter Daniel Martin Moore returns to his Kentucky roots for his third studio album In the Cool of the Day. It follows hot on the heels of last years collaboration with cellist Ben Sollee Dear Companion and sees Moore moving in a different direction.

Moore's latest offering was unintentionally founded after he took to an old piano in the back of a Cincinnati studio. This impromptu session provided the inspiration and ideas behind In the Cool of the Day. The album is a spiritual offering and a modern take on the gospel favourites that influenced Moore's childhood. It is a reflection of the memories of this childhood; of his family singing to him or the choir in church on weekends. These memories are combined with his own current feelings on spirituality to make the sounds we hear, making it an incredibly personal record but also one with the ability to speak to many.

Moore's gentle plucking of his acoustic guitar and his understated vocals are again at the forefront, alongside fairly simple, stripped down arrangements, best evidenced on 'Soft and Tenderly'. There are hints of darkness or melancholia on tracks like 'Oh My Soul' and the stand out title track 'In the Cool of the Day,' but on the whole it is an uplifting record. Tracks like 'Dark Road' littered with religious and spiritual lyrics: "the dark road will lead you to trouble, the light road will lead you to rest" are upbeat, melodic and toe-tapping. Moore's Kentucky roots do come through as the album flips through many musical styles; it feels like we get a good insight into the sounds of his youth. This results in a modern gospel fused with notes of folk, country and blues.

In the Cool the Day of is a fresh take on gospel but it is little more than that. Moore does what he does well but he does not stand out from the rest of the singer songwriters out there. This album and Moore's work on the whole is something you could listen to all day; it is pleasant enough, but it's nothing outstanding. On the positive side with all his records he has gone in different directions, reflecting that he is brave enough to take a chance, rather than churn out the same old stuff. However, when sub pop signs an artist after an unsolicited demo you expect them to be spectacular, something which Moore fails to achieve. There is potential and promise here but as of yet it remains unfulfilled.

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