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'Morning' by Daddy Lion

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Daddy Lion: Quarter-Life Crisis

Daddy Lion: Quarter-Life Crisis

'Morning' by Daddy Lion

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The twentysomething singer-songwriter behind "Morning" is a Washington, D.C., transplant who recently acquired the pseudonym Daddy Lion, he says, in an attempt to evade the "semi-stalking" of an ex-girlfriend on the Internet. So there's no sense in revealing his given name, but suffice it to say that his recent self-titled EP — available here for free download — is a pleasant surprise. Recorded entirely in his room, it's a collection of hearty, fuzzy guitar-rock, full of introspective and tortured travelogues, breakdowns and reminisces.

Tuesday's Pick

  • Song: "Morning"
  • Artist: Daddy Lion
  • CD: Daddy Lion EP
  • Genre: Rock

The mysterious singer-songwriter who calls himself Daddy Lion finds himself bruised and battered in "Morning." courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The mysterious singer-songwriter who calls himself Daddy Lion finds himself bruised and battered in "Morning."

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The Daddy Lion EP is highlighted by "Morning," a stripped-down, mostly acoustic tale of quarter-life crisis that finds its narrator bruised, battered and wondering if making a fresh start is worth the trouble. "I could live in a shell / and never know no hell / But I can't live in a world like that / I've got to be free in my morning," he frets, adding that he's so lonely, he doesn't even have anyone to abandon him. The only conclusion, he determines, is to come down from his perch, like "King Kong being shot from a tower." Eventually, all that worry gives way to an optimistic-sounding electric-guitar solo, leaving listeners to wonder if it's better to be loved and stalked, or to have never been loved and stalked at all.

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