David Hunt Cameron is an accomplished musician who has traveled to many places spreading music and music education in schools, workshops and concerts. He has also released a number of albums. We at Divide & Conquer recently reviewed 9th Planet and this time around we are going to take a look at Organic.
The name of the album is spot on. Organic is a great way to describe the recordings. The instrumentation all seems to be acoustic but with exceptional musicians. There’s a nice mix of some blues, jazz and folk on this release as well as some unexpected turns.
The album starts off with “Celebration Song” and begins with some truly beautiful guitar picking, light percussion and harmonica. It’s very comforting. The vocals aren’t whispered but definitely feel intimate and close miked. As the song progresses there's more instrumentation and even some female vocals.
“The Kingfisher '' is very traditional sounding folk music, however also in the spirit of contemporary artists like The Tallest Man on Earth. “Take a Walk” has a more full band and some of the warm piano bar types of blues I’ve heard.
I was not expecting the sort of funk on “Put Your Feet Up” which has some melodic, almost classic rock breakdowns. It did feel slightly out of place. The next song “Irish Girl” felt a little more aligned with the first couple of songs. I was reminded of Leonard Cohen on this song.
This sort of warm, comforting solace continues on “Race for Dreams” while “The Proposal” is way more upbeat and similar to the more funky side of Paul Simon. Especially that bass tone. We get back into very ’70s funk with “Beat Pizza” and then back into intimate folk with “Wakin Up.” The guitar playing on the closer “Sam Song” was incredible.
The songwriting and delivery on this album is truly exceptional. My only critique is I thought the funk inspired songs should have been on a different release. The change in mood felt a little too vast for my personal taste.
Overall, this is a great album and I enjoyed these songs. Recommended.
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