Daniel Huffman is the sole creative force of NEW FUMES. Huffman has lent his talents to a multitude of diverse bands. He was a member of the 90s space rock outfit Comet as well as the Bitches Brew-loving improv group Ghostcar, and he’s been a touring guitarist for the Polyphonic Spree. He’s also been part of the touring and musical entourage for the Flaming Lips. With the release of NEW FUMES’ Bump and Assassination, Huffman finally gets the opportunity to submerge listeners into a sonic world purely of his own imagination.
"I have always been the guitar player in bands," says Huffman. "Honestly I never really wanted to be the front figure of a band or a singer. I just wanted to play guitar and add textures and melodies to other people's songs."
Huffman's experiences with the Lips and the Spree inspired him to begin focusing on structured material that was very different than his past musical projects. He taught himself to program beats and create arrangements on his laptop, and eventually he found himself singing and writing songs in order to fully execute his vision.
Using the computer, guitar, keyboards, vocals and any number of various gadgets and noisemakers, Huffman creates dense yet playful pop soundscapes that feel like a modern take on the off-center mischievousness of Warm Jets/Tiger Mountain-era Eno. The drumbeats of album opener "On a Ship, Under a Bus" resemble the angular rhythm blasts of This Heat more than anything you'd hear on a typical laptop-based album. On "Teeth of the Sun," an ever-shifting artillery of synths and processed sounds hop around each other without feeling
cluttered or heavy-handed. On tracks such as "Don't Be So Paranoid" and "Millennium Crux," Huffman’s vocals weave trance-inducing melodic chants that serve to unify the sundry buzzes, bubbles and blasts
NEW FUMES is not so much a one-man band, but rather a one-man multi-media installation. With a live show that features video projections for each song, Huffman’s attention to detail provides an infinitely-dimensional experience for the listener on record and on stage. Much like the multi-colored vinyl that Huffman hand-poured for Bump and Assassination’s pressing, the album is the sound of colors running together. Simultaneously evoking beauty, fun, chaos and wisdom, NEW FUMES has created an artistic adventure served on a pop