Kevin Sherwood | 8 Years Later

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8 Years Later

by Kevin Sherwood

This is the long awaited album of soulful acoustic alternative music by guitarist/singer/songwriter Kevin Sherwood.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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1. Desdemona
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2. Peace Pipe
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3. Propaganda Man
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4. All There Is (feat. Kate Prestia-Schaub)
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5. Sweet Inspiration
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6. Beyond the Sun
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7. Skylark
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8. Remember You
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9. Into the Now
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10. Learning to Live
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11. Sentenced
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12. Darshan Line
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Over the years, Kevin Sherwood has been inspired by artists such as Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young; The Shins; Pink Floyd; Grateful Dead; Nirvana; Sting/The Police; and many others. He has written songs throughout his life starting from the age of 17, and this album is a compilation of twelve of the fan favorites. Each of the songs were originally engineered by Tom Hite, mixed by Tom and Kevin, and Mastered by Peter Sprague at SpragueLand. Tom Hite is featured as the cellist on Propaganda Man and All There Is; and the world-class flutist Kate Prestia-Schaub gives a transcendent solo performance on All There Is. The eight years that it took from the beginning of the recording process, finishing the final mix, and releasing the album inspired the title: "8 Years Later". Sometimes life gets in the way, but these tracks are a result of Kevin's experiences over the years. Many of the lyrics are reflective of his study of Surat Shabda Yoga, and living the teachings of Light and Sound.


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Kevin Sherwood – 8 Years Later
In the folky, alt-country arena, it’s tough to take the crown from contenders like Wovenhand, Iron and Wine and Son Volt. The established bands are best with exciting new blood hard to find. Just the shot in the arm the genre needs, Kevin Sherwood unleashes an album of haunting, acoustic darkness entitled 8 Years Later. It has the somnolent aura of Iron and Wine, the catchiness of Son Volt and the rural stomp of Wovenhand all rolled into one. That’s not to say Sherwood is copycatting, because he places his own very unique stamp on this brooding collection.
The record opens with “Desdemona,” a showcase for the artist’s many talents. Complex, melodic arpeggio enlivens the mournful folk musings with a lot of kinetic energy and intricately threaded layers. Fans of Iron and Wine’s Sam Beam should wholly appreciate Sherwood’s emotive vocals. He’s got the dynamics to sell the material with a range capable of different keys and tones, oftentimes within a single track. Cast in a similar mold, “Peace Pipe” calls to mind the marching, movement-minded folk that Tom Morello purveyed in his Nightwatchman project. Thankfully, Kevin’s voice is more Dylan than Morello and hits greater melodic plateaus throughout. A touch of cello provides a bleaker edge to “Propaganda Man” allow the sunnier vibes still shine through the slightly overcast atmosphere. It is with track four that the album starts taking on a different visage. Sherwood invites a guest flute player into the fray of “All There Is.” It’s like combination of the modern folk movement with the heavenly theatrics of the genre’s elder statesman Ian Anderson. The music begins grinding to a sullen, melancholy halt on “Sweet Inspiration.” It’s not a bad thing as the high standard of playing remains, although the mood feels much more lonely and begotten. Marking a pair of songs with the surprise inclusion of a rhythm section, “Beyond the Sun” and “Into the Sun” offer up something entirely unique from the rest of the album. Packed with atmospheric percussion and deep bass lines, these pieces offer a refreshing change of tempo from the remainder of 8 Years Later’s offerings. “Skylark” indulges in a hypnotic trance heavy on the ambience with “Remember You” following in its quiet footsteps. All throughout Kevin engages some of his most reflective, emotionally effective vocals on the recording which spills into the spectral triplet of “Learning to Live,” “Sentenced” and “Darshan Line.” While not of these compositions differ drastically from one another, they yield the album a flow; a movement if you will that seamlessly connects each song together in perpetual grace.
It is nearly impossible to fault the work done on 8 Years Later. Rarely has folk/alt country music sounded so impassioned and emblazoned with definable melodies. Kevin Sherwood joins a small pantheon of must-hear artists and with this majestic start to career, he can only continue to go up from here. This is an essential album… very much near perfection and a true contender for album of the year in 2015. Don’t miss it.
8 out of 10 stars.
Lance Wright
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