Tyler’s Take: Sean Pinchin 25 John Street
It’s rare to hear traditional folk and blues played to near perfection these days.
The new world of music is unfortunately hung-up on instant pop stars whose music has typically less substance than an empty glass. However, Sean Pinchin’s glass is overflowing.
Coffeehouse vocals sung over piano-like guitar makes his music anything but boring. Nostalgic, foot-stomping and damn near flawless musicianship make Pinchin stand out from the legions of singer-songwriters hoping to be the next Bob Dylan.
Like many artists of his kind, Pinchin isn’t doing anything new. But he sings and plays like a man who’s spent countless hours perfecting of his craft.
Recorded live off the floor, 25 John Street is the fourth release by this Toronto native. He’s toured Canada several times and this latest effort was written on the road. However, only four songs are Pinchin originals as two songs on this EP are covers.
Track one, In My Time Of Dying, is a traditional folk song that sounds like it could hail from Louisiana or Mississippi. Chaotic finger-picking and slide guitar lay the backdrop for Pinchin’s bluesy vocals on this ode to folk music.
Track two, Any Given Day, is by far the strongest on the album.
“What you do and what you say are very different things, on any given day,” sings Pinchin, with such cleverly crafted melodies one can’t help but crave a second listen almost instantly.
Keep your eyes open for this guy.
–by Tyler Ostermayer