Red Bank, New Jersey (PressExposure) June 25, 2012 -- When asked why he covered Gordon Lightfoot's unforgettable classic "Sundown," musician Dw Dunphy said, "It was always one of those songs that has been with me. When I was a kid my Uncle Wayne enjoyed it a lot, so that must have left an impression on me."
Dunphy's process for reinterpreting Lightfoot's track was described, in characteristically self-deprecating fashion, as: "A one-take, just me and the guitar, no messing around. You can definitely tell at points I was half-awake when I sang it. And then, because I can't leave well enough alone, I went nuts overdubbing myself all over it."
The track can be heard as part of Popdose.com's ongoing series C.Y.A.
Acoustic singer-songwriter. Indie-rock noise-maker. Painter of synth-soaked soundscapes. New Jersey-based musician Dw. Dunphy has worn each of these masks and "Reliquary," out June 18 on Secret Decoder Records, collects the best of his creative output from the past 15 years - and throws a few unreleased demos into the mix for good measure.
The record is available for download now at Dw Dunphy's home site and will be distributed through iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby and local retailers.
About Dw. Dunphy: Born and raised in the suburbs of central New Jersey, Dunphy began writing for fanzines in the mid-1990s before being bitten by the cassette-only bug. His early recordings called to mind the sound then being popularized by bands like Smog, Palace and Calexico but his later recordings resembled more tightly formed verse/chorus/verse pop, with full band backing - and sometimes orchestration - all created inside his desktop computer. When not recording music, Dunphy writes about it as a critic for PopDose and a freelancer for AOL's Patch.com.
About Secret Decoder Records: Based now in San Diego, this micro-indie launched in 1996 with the release of a surf record - The American Bandstand Communist Brigade (Formerly The Dick Clark Five)'s "The Red Album." Over the decades that followed, the label became a breeding ground not for Man or Astro-man? or Ventures look-a-likes but, instead, for singer-songwriters working in intimate settings such as Justin Vellucci, Dunphy and Miranda Taylor. This is the label's 33rd release.