Music fans delighted with Norah Jones' success in reawakening widespread interest in jazz-inspired pop might want to explore the latest effort from one of Orange County's, Ca most original singer-songwriters, Sherman Fowler "Melodic Passion"
There is an enthralling blend of jazz, folk, and much more on Sherman Fowler's new release, titled "Melodic Passion."
Blurring the lines between old and new influences, the San Clemente, Ca-based artist creates a musical world that is beautiful and saturated in melancholy while achieving a type of emotional depth lacking in the work of most of his contemporaries.
"Thanks for caring" and "Melodic Passion" are among the highlights, showcasing Fowler's abilities to compose and write instrumentals that are fitting to be a film score, that would normally be vocals blended with the sole accompaniment of his acoustic guitar. Using a unique mix of sparse finger picking and strumming, Fowler delivers a wide range of fully realized songs and instrumentals that evoke various moods.
And while the musical tapestry is stunning across the 11- song disc, there is an equal emphasis on Fowler's lyrical power. "Have we forgotten" delivers a thoughtful plea for people to see others for who they are and to remember that we are our brother's keeper, while "In The Middle Of the Night" faithfully captures that moment of romantic loss when things first go wrong and one is left in absolute despair.
"There You Are" is a reminder of no matter where we go there we are and we only have ourselves to blame.
The distinctive originality and emotive voice of Fowler never misses the mark.