Aventurier is a twenty-two-year-old singer/songwriter from Germany. He plays a ubiquitous folk style that we have heard in some iteration since the late ’50s and early ’60s. The songs contain almost all guitar and vocals with some extra ornamental elements. The recording quality is not that of a professional studio and sounds about right for DIY recorded on modest gear.
After spending some time with the EP entitled Roaring Winds I have to say I was more than reminded of the artist The Tallest Man on Earth. There were picking patterns which remind me of specific songs especially from the album The Wild Hunt.
He opens with “Petrichor” which is folk 101. The song is well sung with admirable guitar work. He sings, “There is a rolling stone under an autumn tree / Which used to be his home but now he leaves / Cold skin and raddled clothes; find shelter from the rain / I don't even know if he just faints.” The lyrics going forward land into similar poetic territory
He opens “Merlin's Lost Kingdom” with a steady beat which didn’t even need to be there. It occasionally gets off beat but isn't too egregious. The song itself is pleasant and enjoyable. “Dreaming Astronauts” is a bit of a deviation which does not fall as much into the folk category. He puts some distortion on his guitar and it was arguably the highlight of the batch. ”Above the Ceiling,” “The Night Watch” and “The Sailor” all fall into familiar folk territory.
This is a case of a songwriter who is a good, arguably great guitar player with a decent voice that can write a song but has not found a niche for himself. He needs to be aware of how similar some of these songs sound to songs from The Tallest Man On Earth. There is just no denying that.
At twenty-two he still has all the time in the world to find his voice. Admittedly that's harder and harder these days when anyone with Garageband and a guitar can make a recording. As of right now I’d say he falls into a case of wait and see. I think a little more digging and time may be the impetus he needs to come into his own.
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