Danielson is the Clarksboro, NJ, brainchild of songwriter/folk artist Daniel Smith, who developed the idea of an experimental folk-rock group and first executed his idea with his siblings as a final thesis project in college at Rutgers University. A collaboration-oriented group, Danielson is a hodge-podge of Smith's family and friends, and often includes notable indie rock and folk acts such as Deerhoof, Sufjan Stevens and Serena Maneesh. Releasing albums under varying monikers, including Br. Danielson, Tri-Danielson and the Danielson Famile, by 2006 the Danielson project had begun to receive widespread attention and critical praise. Their uniquely optimistic brand of quirky indie-pop folk-rock is most recognizably characterized by Smith's childish vocal style.