Daniel Lanois

To continue our 20th anniversary celebration we revisit our 2021 interview with Canadian songwriter and producer extraordinaire, Daniel Lanois. Whether crafting ambient records with Brian Eno, making rock and roll history with U2 and Peter Gabriel, digging into American roots with Bob Dylan and Emmylou Harris, or composing his own solo music, the 11-time Grammy winner has always seemed to reinvent himself with a chameleon-like ease.

Daniel Lanois’ 2021 release, Heavy Sun fuses classic gospel with modern electronics, mixing gritty, human textures with digital accents and swirling atmospherics to create a sound that’s both warmly familiar and boldly unexpected. The arrangements are spacious and dreamy, and the writing is buoyant and soulful, tapping into the shared uncertainty of the human condition to offer hope, comfort, and connection at a time when all three run in short supply.


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