“The album was originally going to have a heavy world music influence. But I sensed we were living through an extraordinary time in history and I wanted to preserve what was happening and what people were feeling, as best I could…so I went in a completely different direction.”
Dan Webb’s genre-defying second album was recorded entirely solo over a nine month period leading up to the 2016 US Presidential Election, and released independently on January 20, 2017 to coincide with Donald Trump’s inauguration.
The main theme of the album, by Webb’s telling, is truth. “I finished recording on the day of the election, not knowing the results, expecting Hillary to win. I think most people did, probably Trump himself included. Which is why the lyrics allude to his behaviour, but you don’t actually hear me mention him by name… I did that on my last EP, so I felt it had been done, anyway.”
Indeed, ‘Sulking’ off Webb’s third EP ‘Sailing’, released in 2015, is noteworthy for having seemingly predicted Trump’s shock win. This track marked the songwriter’s first foray into political expression, a style which he grew keen to hone when crafting Oedipus The King.
Now, six months on from release, phrases such as “corruption, racketeering and seduction” find fresh new meaning with the emergence of explosive revelations regarding the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia. Viewed in this light, Oedipus The King is a career-defining album which will undoubtedly grow in relevance as more information comes to light.