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  • Summary: The self-released album from the San Francisco-based indie singer-songwriter was funded by Kickstarter and recorded on analog tape.
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  • Record Label: Dead Oceans Records
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Chamber Pop
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  1. Jun 11, 2013
    The plethora of unlikely choices adds a depth and tension to the songs, recalling a variety of unique reference points while creating the album's own remarkably strange, remarkably honest statement.
  2. Jun 11, 2013
    It's his ability to adapt first-person details into unexpected and unconventional songs that's made Vanderslice such a captivating songwriter, and Dagger Beach manages to be a personal album that doesn't rely strictly on autobiography for its emotional or thematic heft.
  3. Jun 18, 2013
    It may not be his most easily accessible album, but Dagger Beach is certainly worth the time to explore. JV has delivered a well-produced and thought-provoking album that sinks in more and more after each listen.
  4. Alternative Press
    Jun 11, 2013
    The entire album's honeycombed with intriguing tones and gauzy grace, but the songs' elliptical shapes demand patience. The reward comes in installments, but is high yield. [Jul 2013, p.106]
  5. 70
    Dagger Beach is a marked return to Vanderslice’s impressively meticulous tinkering after the hurried live recording of White Wilderness.
  6. Under The Radar
    Jun 13, 2013
    It's a confusing world he captures here, but a spectacular opportunity to soak up the diverse paths he carves on his wild adventure. [Jun-Jul 2013, p.91]
  7. Jun 11, 2013
    Ultimately, Dagger Beach isn’t the easiest listen--“bewildering” and “bizarre” are perhaps the better descriptions here--but for sheer daring and intrigue, Vanderslice finds fruition.

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