After years as a pillar of the Bay Area scene, Bart Davenport is ready to break out into the national conscience. After his self-described “studio side project” Honeycut exploded with their album “The Day I Turned to Glass” Davenport’s soulful singing and ear for amazing melodies are reaching their biggest audience yet with his fourth solo LP, Palaces.
On Palaces, Davenport’s singing is rich, deep and nuanced, while his lyrics sparkle with plainspoken poetry that offers telling insights into the minds and hearts of his subjects. The classic songs of artists like Arthur Lee, Emitt Rhodes, Harry Nilsson, and Paul McCartney are touchstones. The album balances a sunny vibe with a streak of melancholy and subtly echoes the sound of yesterday’s AM radio hits while offering its own bright vision of future pop.
The record was produced by Davenport with more than a little help from his friend Kelley Stoltz and features stellar contributions from some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s top musicians, including Stoltz, Angelina Moysov (Persephone’s Bees), Tony Sevener, & Hervé Salters (Honeycut).
“Evocations of bygone country-folk, yacht rock, sunshine pop, and other dusty West Coast grooves….conjures the slow-jam vibe of smoochy Saturday nights” — Spin
“Palaces is another excellent entry in a career full of them, and further evidence of Davenport’s status as a keeper in a field full of disposable heroes.” — Jambase
“Davenport and his band always sound great and often cheerfully weird….a recommended listen for folks who like their classic sounds with a real live heart and soul.” — All Music Guide Palaces Review, 4 Stars
“[Palaces] is on the short list for best Bay Area release of the year.” — San Jose Mercury News
“Berkeley’s long-standing best-kept secret” — Flavorpill