"This Justin Connor kid is pretty tricky. It's all in his voice. He has that rare quality where you immediately get the impression that he's a songwriter par excellence. Kind of the I-can-sing-but-I-don't-have-to-prove-it thing that the Dylans, Springsteens, and even Becks have done so nicely in years past. When Justin Connor sings something, it sounds important, and it sounds like the voice of wisdom."
"Gorgeous post-apocalyptic pop music. Justin Connor is well-schooled in the art of songwriting. 'Kailyuga' exudes a kind of cheery melancholy and tragic beauty that's hard to describe any other way. These are songs for the end of the world - and end that you won't mind at all."
"Justin Connor's 'Kaliyuga' boldly sets out to go where no CD has ever gone. Though decidedly contemporary and rather quirky in its originality, the music's lush and lovely production work demonstrates how good this record can get. There are surprises throughout with ambient sounds, layers of harmony, unexpected changes, and shifting dynamics. Yet with all of this, the music remains sufficiently pop, a collage of sections and sounds altogether like something from an early 70's concept album...cool, ambitious, overflowing with ideas, a tribute to imagination and technical skill, and well worth a visit."
Justin Connor's debut album, Kaliyuga, boldly showcases Justin's knack for crafty songwriting, sonic landscapes, and catchy riffs that seek to soothe the senses with a common collective thread of consciousness. Written and recorded in Los Angeles over the past two years, Kaliyuga is a fearless celebration of various musical styles and sounds, infusing dreamy melodies, lush arrangements, 70's classic rock acoustics, honky-tonk piano riffs, and spacy mantras.
The heart of the music is centered on Justin's soulful voice and introspective lyrics, which often embodies a soft, earnest whisper reminiscent of a young Roger Waters.
Kaliyuga has been hailed by numerous critics, who've compared the music to many of Justin's own inspirations including Radiohead, Pink Floyd, the Velvet Underground, John Lennon, Grandaddy, and Beck. However, Justin puts his own stamp on defining an original, idiosyncratic lo-fi aesthetic that's contemplative in both style and sound. In the process, he's created not only an accessible singer-songwriter pop album, but a genre defining sound with style to spare.
With such a unique sound in tow, Kaliyuga caught the eyes and ears of Nic Harcourt, legendary host of KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic in Los Angeles, who has recently culled some of Justin's tracks into his program's rotation.
Born and raised in New Hampshire, Justin often feels like a fish out of water in the media-ego-obsessed Hollywood, but often finds solace living in the mayhem of its ever evolving structures. His CD is now available at www.cdbaby.com, and he's currently playing out in the Los Angeles area, while planning a West coast tour in the future to promote the CD and garner interest from indie labels in the process.