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Shadowcaster - Single Review: Eternity

19 Mar 2023 // A review by Sharne Molloy-Turpin
Shadowcaster has indulged us with a journey into sonic space in their new single titled Eternity. Its Celtic rock sound and fast-paced rhythm employ numerous instruments that build upon one another to great effect.

Trent Graham provides us with gentle vocals, but there’s something fervent about each member's contribution to this single. Having their humble beginnings in Masterton, the piece might evoke a simple image of your hometown's local hotspot where listeners pass through oak doors into this bittersweet warmth of nostalgic folk.

It should be recognised that this is their first official writing collaboration as a band collectively, drawing poetic and emotionally driven lyrics. The song revolves around an a skewed romance and the onerous process of accepting misalignment.

Throughout the piece, we hear guitars, awash in reverb, swell in and out to encompass the variety of instruments. The production and instrumentation within the song works, in contrast, to Graham’s naked vocals that we hear initially. It showcases how clean-cut and original the song is. This single is delicate, refined, and tells us what Shadowcaster is capable of.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )

About Shadowcaster

Shadowcaster is Trent Graham, a musician based out of Palmerston North, New Zealand.

Trent began life under his new moniker in 2021, six years after his last musical venture Thistle & Weeds (a Manawatu-based folk outfit featuring Kokoa Nashi and Ripple Effect guitarist Christian Perry). Before that, Trent grew up with a diverse musical palette including the likes of Cat Stevens, Robbie Williams and the Backstreet Boys. Trent wouldn’t truly fall in love with music until he discovered the debut Mumford and Sons album Sigh No More, which would propel him to where he is now.

Trent began his performing journey at Wairarapa College, earning several accolades in and outside of school (including the Regional Lyric Award at the 2013 Smokefree Rockquest, and a college Arts Elite Award).He would then go on to complete a Diploma in Contemporary Music Performance at UCOL, under the tutelage of Kane Parsons (Smokey Feel & The KaRs), Nigel Patterson (The Black Seeds) and Warren Maxwell (Fat Freddy's Drop, Trinity Roots).

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