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The AJ Crawshaw Band - EP Review: In Light And Shadow

11 Jul 2017 // A review by Andrew Smit

There is no doubt that this EP is a result of pure commitment to the craft of creating true music, such is the impact of the music, with tunes that are alive and full of earthy tones that simply delight your senses.

The bright and real sound of acoustic guitars gratify each track and provide a beautiful sustenance for singer songwriter AJ Crawshaw’s smooth and expressive singing voice, just think James Blunt meets Ed Sheeran, but with even more feeling! The clarity and emotion that AJ exudes into his singing is so rich with texture and feeling that it really amplifies the experience to another level.

Most songs begin with a gentle intro and build with steady and strong rhythmic beats that fortify the tunes very nicely. Every track is filled with dynamic melodies, and evocative themes. Each soulful and passionate ballad exposes the dark and light with songs about identity and relationships, like the expressive Benediction where AJ holds nothing back with his singing and digs deep to deliver another lyrically captivating tune.

Overall the warm and rich guitar and piano effortlessly flow over the slick percussive drumming to enhance the broad range and texture of the vocal melodies in a harmonious union of vivid folk rock that engages the listener way beyond what you would hear from similar artists in the genre, which is reason enough to check it out for yourself.

About The AJ Crawshaw Band

As a well-established writer and singer, AJ has spent years in the industry recording music for a collection of other artists, as well as capturing his own complex sound through live performances and talented lyrical creations.

Recognised for his distinct style of writing, which is fused with flavours of acoustic folk and heavy alternative rock routes, AJ layers his work with multiple instruments and vocals.

In true indie fashion, he records many components of his songs, arranging pop and rock instruments in an almost orchestral fashion.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for The AJ Crawshaw Band

Releases

In Light and Shadow
Year: 2017
Type: EP
Phoenix Burning
Year: 2015
Type: EP

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