Making a dramatic mark with his 2012 debut album, not only in size but its quality and infectious presence, multi-instrumentalist/ producer/composer David J Caron returns with new release 9 Singles, a release which as the name suggests is a collection of singles. Consisting of singles taken from not only the previous release but also his forth coming full-length, the album is obviously a leaner and most direct encounter compared to his twenty eight track epic Thru Ever Ending Black but also a magnetic entrance into and bridge between his past and future creativity. It also arguably makes for a more tempting lure with its more traditional size and that has to be a good thing as to miss out on the persistently compelling and thoroughly enjoyable eighties bred melodic rock from the man would be criminal.
A resident of Ireland, Caron merges a wealth of enticing flavours to his instinctive merger of classic and melodic rock. It makes his music as evidenced by the last album, a tasty proposition which appeals to fans of everything from those already mentioned styles to those of melodic metal, hard rock, classic metal, progressive rock, and more. There is certainly eighties power/pop metal feel to the songs which against our personal preferences makes for a very surprising but highly pleasing and appetite sparking pleasure. What the toxin is which makes us enthusiastically head its way is hard to say but like for so many others it is there and is virulently successful. Caron creates music which is simply contagious as well as impressively crafted and presented, but it is that infectiousness which steals thoughts and emotions where other similarly fuelled artists fall by the wayside. 9 Singles has all the proof needed to prove that point, each song an infestation of ears which in their varying degrees easily light senses and emotions.
The release starts with one of the new songs from Caron and it takes mere seconds for Claim Your Victory to lay down a tasty teaser for the new album. Opening on a sonically shimmering glaze of keys with stabs of guitars and bass joining its coaxing, the song embraces ears with melodic ease as the vocals of Caron soon add to the warmth of its touch. It is rapidly into an eager catchy stride, resonating and pulsating with a masterful blend of sinewed rock and electro tempting recalling the success of the last album whilst offering something fresh. It is fair to say there is not a massive leap between the new tracks and the older ones but certainly a fuller and broader smile wraps every note and melody which engages the senses.
The following Sometimes Never Comes Soon is also a new encounter and immediately has ears soaked in a crystalline electronic breeze ridden by the ever appealing voice of its creator alongside a throaty bass enticement. The song is a less urgent incitement but as the first brings a blaze with golden winds of electronic suasion and entrancing melodies within a sturdy frame of rhythms and that appealing dark bass. There is also an anthemic potency to Caron’s songs which means this one alone is an easy capture of voice and feet just like Time Machine, which originated on Thru Ever Ending Black. The track brings a mellower though no less attention grabbing enticement which oozes infection from its opening canter to the developing rock pop evocation which brews its irresistible persuasion throughout. For all the great melodic and skilled craft Caron permeates every track with, the dark voice of the bass again brings that extra tinge of pleasure, its shadowed tones the perfect temper to the glowing melodies enveloping everything in sight.
The other new songs come next, the tantalising Do You Remember with its mesmeric casting of aural light and then the excellent Omniscient Flames. The first of the two is a radiant gallop of colour bred melodies and spatial hues which absorbs attention like a sponge whilst its successor shows a new twist of invention within the release and the evolving writing of Caron. Once again it is the bass which steals the passions first as it initially takes centre stage with its almost bestial call and invitation into the new encounter. Its industrial twang is pure magnetism providing an irresistible canvas for the flowing beauty of the keys and sonic colouring to bring to life. Those keys weave and swoon around the imagination like an innocent temptress, embracing the darker riches veining the now fully unveiled proposition. It is a show stealing moment which breeds certain anticipation for the new album.
Both the more intensively sinewed sculpted Comin’ to get you and the electronically woven Unbreakable take the listener on a soaring progressive flight of eighties rock induced melodic endeavour in their particular different but similarly engrossing ways whilst the closing pair of Escapin’ Back and This is Now, without inspiring the same levels of rapture, ensure the album signs off its impossibly alluring success with vivaciously pleasing and lingering propositions.
There is little which can be offered against 9 Singles to suggest any restraint in checking it out. Certainly if eighties melodic rock does not appeal then the album might not be an unqualified success but then that era was a dead end for us but Caron provides a new potent take on the scene with his music and definitely this ‘greatest hits’ like triumph that we cannot stay away from. There are no brand new courses for rock being sculpted by the release but for unbridled thrills and enjoyment this is a definite whole hearted recommendation.
9 Singles is available now @ http://davidjcaron.bandcamp.com/album/9-singles
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