Canadian Chris Velan is a world traveler, and his musical reflections of paths taken fill up the disc Solidago with a laid back vibe. The follow-up to his acclaimed Twitter Buzz Howl, Solidago finds Velan stretching his parameters of acoustic folk and reggae-tinged rock.
A spiritual cousin to the music of America, Solidago has a winning chemistry that connects with cross generational frequency. The opening track, "Hard Way Learner," pushes a radio-tapped insistency inside its groove-heavy rhythmic framework. "Wobbly Bones" builds with layers of sustaining crescendos, and "Oldest Trick" pounds aggressively within the staggered time signatures of Velan’s arpeggios and his sing-song lyrical approach.
Produced by The Mother Hips’ Tim Bluhm, Solidago is guaranteed to reel in a wide catch of instant converts to the beach-friendly sounds of master singer-songwriter Chris Velan.
Solidago is out now on Newsong Recordings.