There's a lot to like about local songwriter Dustin Hamman:
he plays under the clever moniker of Run On Sentence (yes, we journalists are biased towards fellow word nerds); he peddles an earthy, catchy fusion of folk, blues, jazz and roots
; and in the indie-music sea of bad bum-fluff beards and ironic moustaches, he stands tall with a proud with a truly spectacular crop of bushy facial hair:
That's a beard that says, "I'll serenade you with my sweet-yet-strong ballads, then build you a log cabin out of sustainably harvested timber."
Hamman has recorded a new album coming out in August called You, the Darkness, and Me
—the follow-up to his promising 2008 debut, Oh When The Wind Comes Down
, which featured a charming mix of rambling folk, Latin rhythms and swinging jazz.
The album was apparently written while he was living away from society: "on a hill in a vineyard, flying his kite in the soft breeze, watching the trees slowly twist towards the sun," according to his press release. The result is thankfully far less wanky than that sentence suggests, but very much reflects the "getting back to nature" idea.
"Water" showcases Hamman's voice at its unrefined finest: a stripped-back opener featuring his vocals soaring over swampy, New Orleans blues horns and guitar, before breaking into fast-paced, foot-tapping jazz, with almost scat-like singing, bouncing effortlessly between a rich alto to a sweet falsetto.
You, the Darkness, and Me
won't be officially released until August 10, but early copies will be available at the album launch at The Woods on Saturday, July 17.
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