David Karsten Daniels


The music of David Karsten Daniels inhabits a unique place where pop, rock, folk and electronics bleed into each other seamlessly under musings on life & death, neuroscience, and love undeterred by distance and time. If that sounds like a lot to take in you’ll understand why NPR named his collab with Matthew E. White’s Fight the Big Bull, one of the ‘5 best genre-defying albums of 2010”. 

David has recorded for FAT CAT RECORDS, arranged + mixed for FRIGHTENED RABBIT and provided string, horn and choral arrangements for PENNY & SPARROW. His songs have been used by United States of Tara (SHOWTIME), THIS AMERICAN LIFE and several feature and short films, including premieres at TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL and PALM SPRINGS FILM FESTIVAL. David wrote the score for S. Cagney Gentry’s feature HARVEST which won the award for best screenplay at Athens Film Festival.

Fans of David’s songwriting include the principal songwriters of FLEET FOXES and SNOW PATROL and his co-writers include Matthew E. White, So-So Topic (Flying Lotus), Perry Wright (Mountain Goats) and Chris Walker (Driver Friendly).

David has toured with Frightened Rabbit, Mice Parade, Tom Brosseau, Nina Nastasia, and Arboretum, and played shows with Animal Collective, Vashti Bunyan, Okkervil River, the Bowerbirds, the Mountain Goats, Low Barlow, Vetiver, David Bazan, Roman Candle, Richard Buckner, St. Vincent, Cass McCombs, Shearwater, Castanets, the Twilight Sad, DeYarmond Edison, and Retribution Gospel Choir.



David Karsten Daniels Don’t Turn Me On (ft k8)

Don't Turn Me On

David Karsten Daniels Fool’s Cap – Hydra

On The Move
Drink Up
Round Her Stood
Nine Feet Tall

David Karsten Daniels Kaleidoscope

David Karsten Daniels (feat. Chris Walker) - Reaching
David Karsten Daniels (ft. The Many Hands) - Whistle While You Work
David Karsten Daniels (ft. Lex Land, -topic, Chris Walker) - You Somehow
The Woods Are On Fire
David Karsten Daniels (ft. Chris Walker) - The Kingdom
David Karsten Daniels (ft. The Many Hands) - Rising Son

David Karsten Daniels The Teacher

The Secret Thoughts of Housewives
When You Were Out On the Lake
Baby Teeth
The Leaves In Our Mouths
When I Sleep, I Dream of My Father
Postpartum Blues
When I Was an Island
Om Family / The Death of Self
I Take What I See With My Eyes
Anna Whistler's Windchimes
We Go Out Into the Ocean

David Karsten Daniels The Four Immeasurable Minds

I. Love
II. Equanimity
III. Joy
IV. Compassion

David Karsten Daniels I Mean to Live Here Still

All Things Are Current Found
The Funeral Bell
Die And Be Buried
October Airs
On Fields
Though All The Fates
Salmon Brook
Each Summer Sound
Epitaph On The World

David Karsten Daniels Fear of Flying

That Knot Unties(?)
Martha Ann
Falling Down
A Myoclonic Jerk
A New Garment
Everytime A Baby Is Born
The Caretaker
Oh, Heaven Isn't Real
In My Child Mind You Were A Lion

David Karsten Daniels Sharp Teeth

The Dream Before the Ring that Woke Me
American Pastime
Jesus and The Devil
Sharp Teeth II
Universe of No Parts
We Go Right On

David Karsten Daniels Angles

Note To Self
I'll Just Play Guitar
Holding Pattern
Marriage Proposal
Scribble Your Name Down In The Dark
How To Turn To Stone
To Tire
Siamese Hearts
Give Up... And You Are Changed

David Karsten Daniels out from under ligne 4

come up
honda '85
travelin' on
slot song
friendly bob escapes from the hospital

David Karsten Daniels the mayflower

"A" is for Abstract
l'evolution rien
Redd Foxx
directions for a performance art show
if John Cage played guitar
Octobre en Paris
tries/he dies
some say space ships