Merriweather found success through producer Mark Ronson!
Australian Daniel Merriweather first started working with Mark Ronson in 2003, appearing on his Here Comes The Fuzz.
After a few more collaborations with Ronson, they finally made a solo album for Merriweather which was released in 2009.
Influences such as Stevie Wonder and Jeff Buckley are clear without it feeling like a rip-off. Melodic fragments of the two great singers might be found in Merriweather’s songs but this doesn’t disturb the compositions. Instead, it enhances them!
Merriweather’s production on Love & War might seem like a very full-on arrangement when listening to it for the first time. This may come as a surprise after the simplicity of Amy Winehouse ’06 release Back In Black.
This brilliantly showcases his depth as a producer, to accommodate the voice of each singer.
Red was the second single off Australian Daniel Merriweather’s second album Love & War.
Previous to Love & War, Merriweather recorded an album in 2006 entitled The Fifth Season. However, this first album was never released.
After an initial release of Change in February 2009, Merriweather released Red in May and entered the UK chart at #5 where it remained for a month. It achieved good circulation on U.K radio stations and was even predicted to become the song of the year by many.
The video for Red was shot in Brooklyn and directed by Anthony Mandler, a well-known video director with videos by Rhianna, Jay-Z, The Killers, John Legend and Mary J Blidge behind him.
The video consisted of a dramatic feast of shadows and angles shot with a handheld camera.
Both the video and the song production were in the same style as those of other artists and bands released during 2009 such as The Script, who incidentally is on the same label as Merriweather.
My version of Red is much slower than the original.
Red – Chords & Guitar Lessons
Red, by Daniel Merriweather, is in the key of E major and only uses the I, IV, V and VI chord throughout the entire song.
We get different extensions depending on what chord is used in conjunction with the open strings that keep ringing through all chords.
Red – Lyrics
And I’m alright,
standing in the streetlights here.
Is this meant for me,
my time on the outside is over.
Go to Red – Lyrics.