New and Noteworthy

February 4, 2009 at 8:44 pm (Acoustic, Music, rock) (, , , , , , , , , )

I always love when I rummage through the great melting pot that is music and stumble upon something promising. It you listen to a song you can pick out the various influences (yes, even classical traits exist in modern music). Sometimes the mix can be rather unfortunate, like the way Thy Symphony combined opera vocals with metal. Oops! On the other hand, it can be amazingly pleasing. Ryan Calhoun, an unsigned artist based out of L.A. is a prime example.

With a vocal quality more towards an alternative rock band, Calhoun melds more conventional rock sounds with this alternative styled singing. The result? He is absolutely a pleasure to listen to. My favorite is Slipping Away. The lyrics are original, the melody is catchy and some simple vocal harmony adds interest to the memorable chorus.

All in all Calhoun is a growing artist. With his recent feature on the iTunes “New and Noteworthy” homepage, it’s only a matter of time before he makes it big. Look out world.

~ C.H.

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