The wide horizon, a scope of perception, knowledge, an understanding of new possibilities, fresh starts and second chances. Indeed, the horizon has never been wider for one of Australia’s most exciting and diverse artists, Darren Coggan, with the release of his new studio album, The Wide Horizon.
In the time since his last offering, the intensely personal and Golden Guitar winning album, War Stories, Darren has been tirelessly lapping the continent with his critically acclaimed theatre show Peace Train The Cat Stevens Story, playing to sold out audiences and standing ovations in the most prestigious venues across Australia & New Zealand including The Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.
Darren Coggan is a masterful storyteller with a knack of weaving fascinating and perceptive tales through his songs. The Wide Horizon encapsulates Darren at his very best with songs that will truly engage your spirit.
Produced by Ben Edgar (guitarist for Missy Higgins, Goyte, Passenger, Angus & Julia Stone) and recorded in Melbourne, the album features a cast of Australia’s finest musicians who have woven their own distinctive style around Darren’s melodies and lyrics.
The optimistic title track sets the scene for a spirited ride through a landscape that is uniquely Australian and unmistakably, Darren Coggan. The Wide Horizon speaks of escaping the day to day grind and searching for new beginnings, embracing the empowering energy of the here and now to dull down the harsh reality that one day, we will look up from our phones and life will have passed us by.
There are songs of tenderness for his bride with, Seventeen, a gentle prayer for his children on A Beautiful Ride, and songs of pride for his homeland and the hardships often faced by rural communities in Hughie.
Darren reflects upon growing up on the mighty river that snakes its way through his beloved hometown of Wagga Wagga in The ‘bidgee and raises a glass to absent friends on Until We Meet Again.
The listener gets an insight into Darren’s Celtic roots with Scotland, and he breathes new life into an Australian classic, with a stunning rendition of James Reyne’s, Reckless.
Darren tips his hat to the ideals of Ned Kelly on the haunting bush ballad by Ken McBeath, Tales Told By We Lesser Men whilst The Best Of All Possible Worlds, by Michael Genner, echoes the optimism of The Wide Horizon with a sprinkling of frivolity.
Concluding with the poignant and stirring duet, Inasmuch, dedicated to Norfolk Island and performed with his long-time friend and multi golden guitar winner Felicity Urquhart, Darren laments the recent political upheaval on Norfolk Island and the painful trivialisation of their dedication to heritage and homeland by the Australian Government.
Available now through www.darrencoggan.com and itunes.