You have to admire this Vancouver based Canadian. not only is he the guitarist (6 and 12-string acoustic and electric, mandolin) and singer-songwriter, he also plays drums, fretless bass, piano, guitar synthesizer, good ol’ mellotron, and more to boot. and going by the album title and some of the tracks like “Rainfall,” “Winterlude” and “Ode To The Sun” you just know Cary Heuchert is on an “atmospheric” bender worth checking out for a bit of that melancholic, sense of loss, we all love to sup on, we all call Prog.
Liner notes provided within the packaging is included by Robert Silverstein (mwe3.com) as he paints the mood as: “Blue Rain is filled with persuasive sonic images of 1960’s Progressive rock, merging with the internet-era flashback of the early 21st century.”
Certainly the title track, “Blue Rain” kicks it off in the intro with a touch of Jim Morrison vocal doing folk over a steel string guitar with a light Psychedelic flavour. A couple of tracks in and I’m wondering if Cary could be circling and channeling any number of shoegazing artists. Not quite, yet I get the impression those clouds are there on the horizon slowly heading our way. But certainly there is a folksy, psychedelic theme running over these mostly short songs.
“Winterlude” is a prime example of how dark this artist gets when it comes to that melancholic vibe. I was thinking early Bowie for a sec. I quite like it, even with a touch of discordant within it that made the 60’s sound so good and real. The next track, “Not Just Another Day” has a kind of an uplifting, gone country tang about it before being reminded of Bowie once again via the vocals over a “Hollies” guitar strum. It’s the longest track “Maoershan” is a short instrumental with Mellotron giving a nod and wink at the Moody Blues in my estimation. And if you didn’t know before, and I certainly didn’t, “Mao’er Shan” is Chinese for “Cat Mountain” and can be found in South China. See… you learn something new every day.
There are eleven tracks on Cary’s album which also includes a single track this time around titled, “Mirror of Dreams – Nightbreak,” starting off with a vocal and acoustic intro filled with Mellotron violin adding a surreal mood the X Files could have employed for the darker moments in certain episodes. It definitely has mood written all over it.
What I love about this album is that Cary Heuchert doesn’t try to over-process the recording of it in-studio. There’s almost a stream of consciousness approach about it to retain the innocence and freshness of it. I wouldn’t call it raw, but it does retain, and purposely, those 60’s sensibilities when it can to recording songs.
BLUE RAIN is available on CD and digital download through a number of online retailers including CDbaby, iTunes, CDUniverse, Amazon, GooglePlay and other online music stores.
You can also purchase Blue Rain from Oddiyo Records Online Store