DG Solaris aka Danny Green has recorded a live version of his cover of R.E.M.’s ‘Sweetness Follows’ that appears on the forthcoming compilation ‘A Carnival of Sorts’ by Various Artists and in aid of Help Musicians. Watch his version of ‘Sweetness Follows’ below, its part of his ‘Songs from the Blue Room’ – filmed at home in his peaceful studio in South London and available on YouTube.
DG Solaris is the project of musician Danny Green. Between 2010-2018, Danny released music under the name Laish, delivering four cult albums of wry, extravagantly-orchestrated chamber pop. He drummed for the hydra-headed folk behemoth, Sons of Noel & Adrian, and supported influential artists including Laura Marling, Grizzly Bear and Neil Young.
Lacing earworm hooks with affectionate lyrics, Laish songs were hallmarked with a matter-of-fact cynicism and unashamed good humour. As a performer, Danny is a rakish front man who makes the audience laugh in one song and reduces them to bittersweet tears the next.
In 2019, he made the change to DG Solaris and after a songwriting adventure across South America with his wife, Leana, came back with the psychedelic pop album, Spirit Glow – the first as DG Solaris. The songs are explorations of kindness, freedom, medicinal psychedelia and personal grief.
Following the birth of Leana and Danny’s son, Danny has embarked on a new project, launching an intimate series of live recordings – ‘Songs from the Blue Room’ – filmed at home in his peaceful studio in South London and available on YouTube.
“Automatic for the People is my favourite REM album. The meditative acoustic tone is masterfully maintained throughout, and it is their album I am most likely to return to. Sweetness Follows, a tender and subtle song, approaching the subject of mortality and familial love, is one I felt I could do justice with the simplicity of a sparse arrangement.”
My cover of Sweetness Follows was recorded live, with a couple of small touches added.“