David J Caron : Thru Ever-Ending Black

In already a year of some great unexpected treats the newest one to come this way is arguably the most exciting and pleasurable. Thru Ever-Ending Black the debut album from composer, writer, and producer David J Caron, is nothing short of being wonderfully infectious and persistently compelling, its creativity and compulsive sounds  the most satisfying and thrilling experience.

      David J Caron is an Irish/Italian musician, who grew up in England but now resides in Ireland. He has marked his first steps into melodic metal/rock with a twenty eight track double album. When it first came through the size of it and memories of other large albums led to a slight lack of enthusiasm, with its old school classic rock impression slightly off putting. What emerged to please the ear and heart though was a release which captivates with every minute and takes one on an enthralling and inspired melodic journey. Caron crosses many genres with his album to ensure it does not easily sit in any which is glorious and frustrating for those that need to label. Weaving meshes of melodic metal, hard rock, classic metal, progressive rock…the list goes on; he has created an album of majestic and contagious rock n roll. The tracks are straight forward and simple yet carefully crafted and much more involved than initially assumed. There are also no excesses anywhere on the album, every element and sound as essential as the next and when a solo lights up the senses for example it is to add a depth and bring a fuller heart to a song, not merely to show off his skills and become an indulgent add-on.

Thru Ever-Ending Black took eighteen months to record and it is easy to hear where the time and attention went in making a release which engages on every level from the impressive lyrical content, irresistible sounds, and the seamless and organic merger every aspect of the songs. Every instrument played, note expressed, and word brought to life is the sole work of Caron with only Rob Mancini brought in to co-produce the album. The songs carry an elemental or celestial face to portray and bring forth the expressive emotions, personal devils and thoughts, either dark or light. Each track is varied like a star but part of and at one with an overall universal energy and sound, this makes for a release which is constantly mesmeric and openly accessible whilst perpetually intriguing and unpredictable. Musically Caron is as impressive as any new artist to appear in recent years, his imaginative guitar play and keyboard ingenuity siren like and the wonderful gravelly bass invention he adds as viral as the striking and ever evolving rhythms.

The album opens with a bang and a quartet of songs which alone tell you all you need to know about the invention and songwriting craft of Caron. It Gathers starts things off with a gentle but insistent beckoning before finding an eager pace to stomp through the ear with. First notable thing is the fine vocals of the artist. As the album consumes the senses with its overall quest one finds he does not diverse his delivery too much but with his great control and ability as well as superbly imagined harmonies there is never anything less than satisfaction from his style. The song romps with a sure belief and addictive imagination, the keys and guitars lighting up the emotions as much as the stylish lyrics.

Look Out picks up from the excellent opening with a feast of insurgent niggling riffs and growling darkened bass lines. There is a throbbing essence which fuels the song beneath infectious hooks and another vocal display carrying more potency than any fiery attack. Caron brings an anthemic essence to songs as much with his voice as musically which offers a seduction which is impossible not to join.

The absorbing Time Machine and hypnotic Coming To Get You continue the breathtaking start and together they already convince one of the special talent at work. The four songs so far bring a great mix of melodic rock with irrepressible pop elements but plenty of firm muscular energy too. As the release progresses the tracks offer diverse and equally irresistible imagination and sounds. There are the mellower AOR toned songs like Memory Magnetic, the solidly fuelled eighties melodic rock found in Beam The Ray or the power ballad The Tree That Waits to name a few all bringing a strong and varied breath to what is a multi faceted and flavoured release.

Further fires on a consistently impressive release include the twin shadowed gems Dark Of Night and The Knights as well as the magnetic Irreplaceable and the steely rippled So Let There Be Light. The last of these is probably the current favourite song but with each track so fulfilling and inspiring that choice changes persistently.

    David J Caron with Thru Ever-Ending Black has ignited the year for melodic rock with less than a handful of other releases so far able to match or even come close to what is an unexpected and completely rewarding let alone enjoyable feast of an album. The only thought is hopefully it is not another eighteen months before we get the next pleasure from him.

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The Longsands: Meet Me In Spanish City

Passionate, anthemic, and with a life honesty the debut album from UK rock band The Longsands is a mesmeric and deeply impressive release. Meet Me In Spanish City from a solid initial approval eventually within a few more plays took a slow but deep hold of the heart to emerge as one of the more impressive and essential albums to come out this year. It is an eleven track slice of realism in a musical world swarming with heartless and photoshop blended presences. The Longsands offer a striking and impassioned blend of rock, pop, and indie sounds brought through an open window of truth and thought to realise the everyday trials and lives of us all.

The Newcastle quintet have built a strong following in the North of England and made inroads across the UK with their unforgettable sounds and live shows drawing the attention of the likes of Steve White (The Style Council) and Bruce Foxton of The Jam, who The Longsands supported on a winter tour, amongst an ever growing fan base. Meet Me In Spanish City is destined to be the trigger igniting a nationwide affection as its addictive body and irrepressible soul is discovered.

There is a great humour to the band and their work which fully endears and was in great evidence with a recently started viral internet campaign called The Longsands Challenges which saw the band challenging sports stars to games such as a conker fight with Mike Tyson and darts with Ricky Hatton. Listening to the album one can see the tongue in cheek attitude of the band though it never detracts from the cutting and direct lyrics and ideas within songs.

The album opens with the instantly compulsive Worlds Collide. The song loiters in the ear at the start with the vocals of Trevor Cox stealing the attention from the undemanding sounds around him. Slowly essences add to and wrap around his excellent vocals in the form of the additional pleasing voice of David Stanyer who also alongside fellow guitarist Ian Barnes explores the track with fine and concise play. The song does not ignite the touch papers but is a strong and impossible to resist as an entry to the album.

The mighty and defiant Bully takes over next and instantly levels rise with its immense presence. The bass of Gary Ormston paces the song with a heavy shadowed essence to spine the song alongside drummer Paul Stephenson who offers up a fighting heart to the song. With vocal harmonies enflaming the passions within a weave of stirring guitar invention the song incites a deep connection of thought and pleasure.

Every track has an anthemic pull and none so more so then Little Britain, a song which raises a fire within and again defiance in its stand. The song took a while to fully grab but turned into one of the most impressive on the album, its persuasion impossible to deny.  The following Street And Pavements is equally as powerful and contagious with a sprawling emotion and open declaration. With more than a spice of The Jam to it, the song is a melodically glowing guitar gem. Vocally it is a feverish joy involving all concerned whilst musically the song contrasts and blends its warm infectious imagination to the striking lyrical address.

First single from the album Shut Your Mouth which was released the first week of the month, reminds of eighties band The Mighty Lemondrops with its tumbling rhythms and scorched melodic and harmonic ingenuity. It is another irresistible piece of songwriting and musical invention marking the band as one of the most captivating and outstanding new bands.

There is not a weakness on the album with the likes of University Of Life with its sure swagger, the epic heart spawn Let Love Rain On You, and the blues rocker The Chance, all fanning the flames of delight as much as those earlier mentioned and other to be discovered.

Closing on the stunning emotive Spirals the album leaves one enthralled and glowing from the generous wealth of creativity and inspiring sounds. Meet Me In Spanish City and The Longsands have the ability and skill to turn great songs into passions and passages from a life we all know. They make it fun though keeping a light burning within shadows but most of all they feed the heart with real and immensely gratifying songs.

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Caan: Into The Night

Not so long ago we were introduced to Caan through previous single Every Little Thing, a song which swept one up in a soaring electronic atmosphere and darkly infectious tenderness. Caan Capan, formerly of Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, now returns with new single Into The Night to further provide mesmeric evidence of his fine composing and songwriting ability.

The single is inspired by the formative years of Caan when he listened to UK garage. On it he employs cavernous and ambient arenas of sound wonderfully meshing them with distracted beats and expansive melodic weaves for a full presence.

Released June 11th through Camouflage Recordings, the single pulls one into its depths with a subtle infection and swarming breath of crystalline melodic dazzles. The track offers a suggestion it will erupt into a lively piece than it is but the song is still fully effective and invasive with its enveloping mix of drone inspired energy and pulsating hypnotic synths a pore consuming warmth. Though the song does not light up the ear as much as its predecessor it still treats and spoils the senses with music to feel and absorb with eagerness. It also welcomingly lingers long after its departure to ignite the wish to hear and discover more from the artist.


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