by Stewart Cheetham
Over the past five years or so, Dan Wriggins has been quietly affirming himself as one of the most unique songwriters and frontmen in alternative music with his Philadelphia based band, Friendship.
Wriggins is known for his distinctive, almost spoken word voice, delivering witty observations and the relaying of intimate conversations. Just fourteen months on since Friendship’s last record, Dreamin’, The Diner is the first solo offering from the songwriter, and the instrumentation has been distilled down to just an acoustic guitar, sparse drums and the violin of Lina Tullgren, which adds a whole new weight to his contemplations – summed up by the song’s crushing final line, ‘I’m still learning from you, I’m still realising the value.’
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