Husbands, Oklahoma City’s indie-rock meets indie-pop project fronted by Danny Davis, releases their gleaming, sun-soaked fourth album Cuatro via Thirty Tigers. Cuatro, a freeing, breezy, and emotional journey, strives to break free from monotony and routine and find clarity through massive choruses and colorful arrangements. Inspired by leaving his 9-to-5 engineering job and a transatlantic move to Costa Rica, the album’s 11 tracks explore a time of relative personal stability for Davis.
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Across its 11 arena-filling and richly-produced tracks, Cuatro is a document of Davis’ growth as a human being and a testament to finding peace in evolving relationships. Throughout his career, Davis’ songs have tackled the soul-crushing grind of day jobs and his unwavering desire to be a full-time musician. Now that he got his wish and was happily living in Costa Rica to focus solely on music, he needed to reframe his relationship to songwriting. “Before I quit my job, music was an outlet to channel negativity into some sort of release,” says Davis, citing the grind of his one-time software engineering job and growing up in Oklahoma’s bible belt as his reasons to let loose. With one of the major conflicts in his life now resolved, he decided to go back to the basics of why he loved music in the first place by writing universal and inviting songs you could easily grab onto. “I grew up with popular music—it’s what my dad listened to—and I still love it as an art form,” he says. “I just wanted to make an album for people to be able to sing along and feel a connection through it.”