Scandinavia has had a positive influence on Daniel James, a.k.a. Canon Blue, who eschews his Nashville upbringing in favor of stirring chamber-pop swells and airy gracefulness. He recorded his new album, Rumspringa, in Copenhagen with his tourmates in Efterklang and Iceland's Amiina on strings. (The latter group also provides the extraordinary string orchestration for Sigur Rós.)
The album's name, which alludes to the Amish tradition where an adolescent is released into the "modern" world to explore his or her personal philosophy, fits this record's sense of discovery and wanderlust. One of its strongest songs, "Indian Summer (Des Moines)," finds a jauntily melodic conversation between string players giving way to shimmering harmonies that cut straight to the heart.
Hear songs from Rumspringa on today's installment of World Cafe: Next.