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"Ryan Adams and Wilco-inspired songs should make you nostalgic for something - or someone."
The Boston Globe

"A Cambridge folk singer with a keen ear for pop hooks."
The Boston Globe


“Acoustic road warriors Leland Sundries, from NYC, and Cambridge’s Dan Kaplan are on a tour that ricochets from clubs to pizza joints to ice-cream parlors to bookstores – which seems apt for the sprawling character of their warm-but-unpredictable sounds and indie attitude. “Whiter Shade of Pale” organ rubs against moaning country steel guitar and French sidewalk-café squeezebox on Kaplan’s EPs, all of it balanced by his lightly honeyed voice. And on the new Apothecary (L’echiquier), Leland Sundries singer/picker Nick Loss-Eaton’s the-Band-meets-Lou-Reed approach mates gnawing electric guitar and old-time acoustic six-string, banjo, and harmonica melodies with dry-witted, drawling, modern-day ennui."
Boston Phoenix

"Kaplan’s album has a subdued sound, subtle shadings and quiet dynamic shifts that enhance his thoughtful lines. The Byrds’ “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” album might be a touchstone, and it seems certain Kaplan (and Loss-Eaton) have been influenced by Bob Dylan’s last three or four albums. There’s a good-timey blend of guitars and accordion that really shines on tunes like “Balancing Act” and “Give Me a Reason.”

Kaplan’s style has its nifty permutations, like the string band/cabaret of “Remains of the Day,” and the mysterious creeper beat of “Thick as Thieves.” There’s some real pathos amid the jaunty resilience on the flood-related “Louisiana,” and the lost-love ballad “Can’t Get Her (Out of My Mind)” combines a stately organ foundation with heartbreaking guitar."
The Patriot Ledger