April 29, 2014

Hemant Rao: Lavender

Hemant Rao, a singer/songwriter based in Montreal, looked South and West for inspiration for his Lavender album, a mix of Californian melodic pop with George Harrison's guitar tone. The keyword for his songs is gentle. His vocal delivery is almost shy - he tries to blend in with the music, putting his guitar in the spotlight.

Lavender flows like a meandering brook, sparkling in late afternoon sunlight. There are some twists and turns and it picks up speeds every now and then (Greater Good comes close to rock). Hernant Rao is the kind of musician who deserves an intimate audience honoring the noble art of shutting up while he is playing.

Hemant Rao: vocals, guitars, violin
Anthony Kerr: bass, organ, keyboards
Phil Robertson: drums
Ron Roach: drum programming on tracks 7,9
Kevin Kowal: string programming/arrangements on track 3
Shawn Cole, Mark Angly: additional percussion programming

Lavender is a self-released album. Buy it from his website.

  1. Alibi
  2. Lavender
  3. Love Can Become
  4. In This Together
  5. Mother
  6. Have Fun
  7. Rome
  8. Greater Good
  9. When to Run
  10. Skylight
  11. This Dream

Live date:
  • 05/04 Cafe Depanneur, Montreal

» hemantrao.com

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