As co- founder of inc. no world, Aged has re-imagined both r&b (no world) and contemporary Americana (As Light As Light) as highly evocative, intimate, and expansive modes of songcraft. As an in- demand arranger and session musician; a devotee of the role and spirit of the bass, Aged has subtly wound his lyricism through the sound of modern pop, lending his gifts on both record and stage to Kelela, Raphael Saadiq, FKA Twigs and more. Additionally, recent years have witnessed Aged expanding into live film scoring within an art context, as with inc no world’s intervention into Gulliver’s Travels at LACMA.
The narrative qualities that made film scoring an organic fit for Aged are in full bloom on his self- titled album. Through his ultrafluid distillation of gospel, earthy post- rock, late- period ECM Records, minimalism, and post- Eno ambient music, Aged creates a series of spinning tableaux that reveal new motives on each listen. Aged’s uncanny touch with pedal steel amplifies the keening, voice- like qualities that found the instrument favor with gospel and indian classical musicians; his bass playing here has achieved a near- telepathic harmonic finesse; the propulsive triplet rhythms of his underrated drum programming suggest a new kind of subliminal body music.
Both translucent and gritty, gossamer but grounded, Aged’s eight compositions here call up traces of the Dead, Fred Hammond, Steve Reich, and Daniel Lanois, while only ever feeling like themselves. There is something unmistakably West Coast about the atmospheres of Daniel Aged: the slow- motion propulsion along snaking vistas; shoreline euphoria touched with longing and melancholy; grace cut with swing and attitude; it’s humor, delicacy, depth and clarity.