Dalton / Press

“Dalton is the Brooklyn-based solo project of Nate Harar. For the past year he's been slowly posting his heartfelt brand of garage-pop. Yesterday that culminated in the release of his debut EP, titled EP. The drum machines don't stand out too much over the song structures, and Harar doesn't bothering burying his sound under a thick blanket of fuzzed out haze. He opts for a much warmer distortion that manages to add a sense of wild Summer freedom to the tracks. I 'm very much looking forward to a focused full release from Dalton.”

“This morning, I was reading The Sour Mash, and well, I fell in love, immediately with Dalton. Truly professing a free-verse dictatorship within the lead vocal lines, the introductory EP might open with a wonderfully remixed dance track, but dig deeper and feel the frantic stuttering and puttering that is the backbone of Dalton’s anxiety. Unafraid to rock, the groups strength lies in their ability to traverse the dirty garage scene and transcend into a more brutalist form. The band, profoundly, merges genres while staying completely composed.”

“Most of the one-person bedroom musical projects we’ve heard lately have titled toward electro (or glow-pop or chillwave or whatever), but Dalton has more of a pop and rock ‘n’ roll sensibility on “Breaker,” the free song from a self-titled debut EP. No surprise there: Dalton mastermind Nate Harar also plays in the indie-rock band Sugar, It’s Eli (and in the electro-funk outfit Swetpanther). Dalton is his first solo project, and he recorded guitar, bass, synthesizers and drums in his Brooklyn apartment on songs influenced by the Pixies, Davie Bowie and Talking Heads. It’s a catchy combination on “Breaker,” a melodic tune with chiming guitar and tousled vocals over a powerful rhythm part.”

“Dalton is the solo project of Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Nate Harar. His self-titled debut EP is inspired by an eclectic array of sounds spanning several decades. Harar launched his one-man venture in the spring of 2011 playing bass, guitar, synthesizer and drums while recording in his apartment-studio. He soon emerged with a unique brand of low-fi pop songs influenced by bands like Talking Heads, David Bowie, Pixies and Peter Gabriel. Prior to embarking on this recent project, Harar sang and played guitar with indie-rock band Sugar, It’s Eli and co-founded the electronic funk band Swetpanther. To date, Harar's music has been featured in advertising campaigns for Dell Inc., Lockerz.com and Bud Light Platinum products.”

“Dalton is the scrappy and energetic indie rock of Brooklyn’s Nate Harar who seems determined to convince us that indie rock isn’t dead just yet, whether by the shadow of electronic/hip-hop or its bastardization by bands like Young The F*&king Giant and Foster The F*&king People. If “Breaker,” the opening track to Dalton’s eponymous EP, is any indication, Harar aims to bring good old fashioned Indie Rock back to the stone(d) age with a slight 90′s alt-rock twist: I’m not too picky when it comes to indie rock, at least not intentionally picky. Give me a good hook, impassioned singing and bright, plucky guitar lines, maybe a touch of better-than-Ringo drumming and I’ll tune in. But what really gets me with Dalton is how effortless it all seems which makes it all that effortless to listen to.”

“Every so often, while sifting through hundreds – thousands since 2008 – of artist and band music submissions, we come upon a DIY artist that stands out from all of the rest. This week we have chosen Dalton, the solo-project of Brooklyn singer/songwriter Nate Harar. Prior to embarking on this recent solo-project, Harar sang and played guitar with indie-rock band Sugar, It’s Eli. Last year, Harar decided to embark on his first creative-solo project playing bass, guitar, synthesizer and drums while recording in his apartment studio. The result is his debut, self-titled EP, released via Bandcamp on July 24th. In a year where indie rock seems to have lost some of its luster, Dalton is one new artist that is doing his part to breath new life into the genre. Dalton’s sound is energetic, raw and exciting, boosted by a hodgepodge of genres, distorted guitars and wild-eyed, lo-fi vocals reminiscent of popular indie bands like Oberhofer.”

“I get dozens of emails a day from bands I’ve never heard of that want me to post their music on this here blog. Something pulled me in to this one from Nate Harar about his band Dalton. I can’t tell you exactly what it was – the name of the band, the personalized email that really seemed meant for me, or the list of other blogs I respect that have supported his music – but I clicked pretty much immediately and fell in love with this song “Breaker”. I shared it with a friend who had this response: “it’s like shoegaze-meets-classic-90′s indie rock with a singer who could have been a star in the 70s folk scene.” YEAH! This is from Dalton’s debut EP. The DC native tells me he’s been in random bands since grade school. He moved to NYC after college to pursue music and, after his last band ended, decided to start recording on his own in his apartment. He’s put together a band and they played this first gig this past week.”

“Dalton is the nom de plume of Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Nate Harar, who has decided to take a little break from his other two projects (Sugar, It’s Eli and Swetpanther) to try his hand at indie-rawk auteur. Woodshedding in his apartment/studio, Harar played all instruments on his debut self-titled EP. Harar finds our young hero playing in a the sandbox frequented by the likes of David Bowie and Peter Gabriel, and MOKB is happy to premiere lead single, Shut Up and Listen. A thinly-veiled message to inattentive audiences? Perhaps, but it’s also a fine number, which just so happens to remind these grizzled ears of an updated take on Ziggy Stardust coda, Rock and Roll Suicide. Certainly not a bad place to start one’s career.”

““Breaker” is a gritty track from Dalton, the solo project of Brooklyn’s Nate Harar, member of Sugar, It’s Eli. It’s off his self titled EP which is available to stream at bandcamp. The 90s inspired guitar rocker has a gritty, passionate styling about it that sold me right from the get-go. Dalton serves as a reminder that indie rock won’t die as long as you take the time to search for the good stuff. You may have to find it, but in a way, it always finds you.”