Seeping Through with Gavin Stewart

19 Jun

Before I begin writing this post (too late), I have a brief production note for all of you. If you are just here for Gavin please do skip down past the picture. Over the next week or so I am going to be doing three posts about my trip. The posts will be rich with photography and will certainly be melodic (supposing you are also under the belief that creative diction can be musical). Don’t worry, I will fit some music into the posts. You will see. We will start with London. Also, I am seeing the Beach Boys on Sunday. A review will certainly come of that! Now on to Mr. Stewart.

Folk music is diverse. This is not the first time I have written that and it will certainly not be the last time. That is one reason why I love the genre. It never gets old. The transformation of acoustic-driven songwriting has been molded into creative geometric shapes over time. This morphing is always done by musicians who are not afraid to change conventions. Do you see where I am going with this? Gavin Stewart is one of these musicians and his new full-length album Seep Through demonstrates a wide variety of indie-inspired tunes that shake the folk tree.

Stewart is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, choreographer and dancer from Tulsa, OK, who fell in love with music at five and never turned back from there. The album began as a solo project, but after meeting producer Drew Mantia in Kansas City a collaboration was formed that resulted in this album.

The album is full with inventive progressions and clever arrangements. Each track is concentrated and different, and the album avoids falling into the trap of monotony. Stewart’s voice does carry most songs; a strong croon like that of Justin Nozuka with a little more grit.

Let’s listen to a few tracks.

I start with “What We’ve Lost” which features a duo with the quirky and passionate Haley Day. It is an exposed piece, quiet and vulnerable, and I particularly like the call and response twist in the verses. The piano riff stays dominant, but does give way to some ambient background noises that create an even more individual experience for the listener. It is deep and very listenable.

As you can immediately hear from the first note, “Golden Silence” is completely different. A disjointed piano and echoed electric guitar is set to the background of a washy tape delay. The song does take shape and how interesting. It is in the form of a polka. The song certainly moves and it does so in an oddly uncomfortable manner, but I say this in a good way. It evokes a similar feeling in the listener that I believe was intentional.

“Iron Wings” is more convention in the sense that it features a quiet Stewart in front of an acoustic guitar. But this song does have this wonderful choral arrangement that adds excellent harmony. Well done, indeed.

Check out the rest of the album by clicking here

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3 Responses to “Seeping Through with Gavin Stewart”

  1. John Phillips June 19, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

    Only 1 song buddy, it’s good though

  2. Elizabeth June 20, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    Loved the CD – what great talent he has!!

  3. Goat June 29, 2012 at 8:38 am #

    Actually, there is a link to the album on the bottom of the page..

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