David Plell
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David Plell

Seattle, Washington, United States | SELF

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Back in December we interviewed Spokane, WA native and former frontman of prog-rock band Cyrus Fell Down David Plell about what he was working on. And while it seems the so-described big-sounding new project/band he was cooking up has fell through, Plell has been nonetheless hard at work writing and recording new material, which has now materialized in the new solo EP “Ask for Dust”.

“Ask for Dust” is a pocketful of delightful, inquisitive tunes featuring mellow guitars, basses, drums, synths, and, of all things, what now could be considered a trademark coffee-table glockenspiel. Each song delves deeper into Plell’s combination of intelligent, tongue-in-cheek timings and surreal, heartfelt lyricism. Beginning with verses sung in Japanese with opening song “Sanpo”, Plell quickly introduces a slew of his friends and fellow musicians on songs like the instantly catchy “(Orders)” or the quirky, finger-pointing indie anthem “Acting Adult”.

You can listen to these two cuts from “Ask for Dust” below, and download the whole EP for name-your-own-price right here. 50% of all donations are forwarded to “Page Ahead”, a Seattle-based non-profit organization providing books to kids in low-income families. Good cause, good music! - Put a bird on it music


This music is absolutely delightful. Happiest music you'll ever
hear!
My good friend David Plell has just released his newest album,
"Ask For Dust".

You can download the album for free or donate at:
davidplell.bandcamp.com .... definitely worth giving a donation.

You can also see more of his videos on youtube. Just look up:
nicecoatdude.

Lyrics for Sanpo:
A walk, heat that makes you think the sun could fall
and clouds are flying in the sky
I plop myself down on a bench
and suddenly this bright sunset - amia art


David Plell, solo singer/songwriter and ex-frontman of experimental prog trio Cyrus Fell Down (who we’ve previously written about here) recently sat down with us via Skype. We discussed what he’s currently working on, his time living in Japan and the past and future of Cyrus Fell Down.

Putabirdonit (PA): Hey David, thanks a lot for taking time to talk to us.

David Plell (DP): No problem, I have nothing but time.

PA: How’re you doing? What’ve you been up to?

DP: I’ve been doing pretty well. I graduated college in June of this year and since I’ve been waiting on trying to get a job because I’ve sort of been all over the place, visiting family and friends, so basically I’ve had this long span of just nothing. I mean, it’s nice, because it’s giving me the chance to write a bunch of new music, but it’s like cabin fever. I’m in cabin fever mode right now.

PA: Where’d you go to college?

DP: Washington State University.

P: Did you like it?

DP: I think for the first two years. And then I went to Japan for a year for an exchange program and came back and I didn’t like it as much. But I hear that’s pretty normal, the last year wasn’t really much fun.

PA: And how was Japan?

DP: It was great! I’m actually going back in a few weeks.

PA: Well that’s awesome to hear!

DP: Yeah, I’m really excited for it. I’ve been feeling kind of… aloof since I got back. I’ve gotten sort of obsessed with learning Japanese, I’m not sure really why. I think it’s mostly just to show that I can (laughs). But yeah, I’m pretty excited to go back.

PA: That’s pretty cool. So you said you’ve got some new music you’re working on?

DP: Yeah, I’m actually doing demos today to send to a friend in Portland to do some violin.

PA: Oh no way, so you’re getting violin in there.

DP: Yeah. It’s… I want to make it this sort of big sounding experience. I listen to a lot of classical music, and a lot of jazz music, so I’m writing sort of with that in mind.

PA: That’s really cool. So you’re moving away from the sort of guitar and vocals? Or what is it exactly?

DP: Yeah, I mean I’m not really sure where the limits lie. It’s gonna be a new band, it’s not gonna be David Plell solo. But the recordings will be coming first before we do any shows… to answer your question there’s gonna be drums, there’s gonna be violin, I think Aaron [Anderberg] from Cyrus Fell Down is gonna play bass, guitar, singing, and there’ll be little spurts of piano and things like that. The idea is just to make a very big sounding song and then take it to a live venue and adapt it for that.

PA: That’s really cool. What stage would you say you’re at with it right now?

DP: I’d say it’s in the middle stage, the people who’ll be participating are all busy with school or are over in Spokane or whatever right now, but all the musics done and I’m in the process of putting words on top of it.

PA: Well that’s really cool man, I’m really excited to hear that. Do you think it’ll be closer to your solo stuff or more like Cyrus Fell Down or what?

DP: I’d say it’s closer to my solo stuff, but there’s gonna be… shredding in it (laughs). The sort of feel I want is like Disney-sounding with sort of dark lyrics at times to create a sort of contrast between the two.


“65,000,000 B.C.” by Cyrus Fell Down off of “Damn Dude, Damn”

PA: Well that’s awesome to hear. Now I’d like to talk about Cyrus Fell Down for a bit, you left them about two years ago now? How’d that come about?

DP: Well, there’s a couple different reasons. One of the reasons is that I wanted to stay in Japan and I didn’t want to keep them [Aaron Anderberg and Corey Phipps, the other two members of Cyrus Fell Down] waiting. Because originally I was only going to stay in Japan for three months, and at the end of those three months I was still horrible at Japanese. And also, Radar [Cyrus Fell Down's second album]… I pictured it differently than what actually happened. So all of those things together - Put a bird on it music


This music is absolutely delightful. Happiest music you’ll ever
hear!
My good friend David Plell has just released his newest album,
“Ask For Dust”.
You can download the album for free or donate at:
davidplell.bandcamp.com …. definitely worth giving a donation.
You can also see more of his videos on youtube. Just look up:
nicecoatdude.
Lyrics for Sanpo:
A walk, heat that makes you think the sun could fall
and clouds are flying in the sky
I plop myself down on a bench
and suddenly this bright sunset - riverspeak.net


David Plell specializes in dizzy, upbeat indie pop. His recordings vibrantly resonate a positive energy that is as endearing as it is addictive. I can’t help but feel that I know David a bit better with every listen, his personality shining through every blissful note.

“Keep Secrets” is a quirky recollection of fleeting thoughts akin to the twilight between awareness and slumber.

Ask for Dust is Plell’s latest record, free for your enjoyment at his bandcamp. - zentapes


Discography

"Lion Heart Murmur" (2010), "Ask for Dust" (2012)

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Bio

Born December 10, 1988, I grew up in Spokane, Washington. After touring the US a number of times starting the end of high school to the end of college with a Spokane-based math/melody progressive rock band called Cyrus Fell Down, I released my experimental folk/electronic solo project album in 2010, "Lion Heart Murmur." I compose and perform with a glockenspiel, electric guitar, a variety of pedals including loopers, and a drum machine. I'm one of those dudes that visually enjoy performing. Drawing vocal influence from such story-driven singer-compositions as those made famous by singers Ella Fitzgerald, Edith Piaf, and Joanna Newsom, I write guitar and glockenspiel scores under the influences of math-rock bands like Battles and Tera Melos, as well as the classical compositions of Franz Liszt, P.I. Tchaikovsky, Bach, and whatever jazz National Public Radio plays. My sound is catchy - moods varying between unmistakable cheer and bold action, to quiet insecurity and stewing insanity. A student of literature, I like to write my lyrics as disorderly vignettes, though I love straight narrative-style songs as well. Being able to speak Japanese is my party trick.