Grey Shore Avenue aka Bryan Kuhn made some improvements on his latest effort entitled Chemicals and Allegories. It his best work due in part to focusing on the melodies, hiring a professional mastering engineer and putting forth some of his best songwriting.
The album opens with “Distant Memory” which is just Kuhn and his guitar. He strums simple chords and gives an emotionally resonant vocal performance. His voice is strained with melancholy. “Here to Baltimore” is another success, this time adding pads and piano into the mix. Kuhn sings “From here to Baltimore / I’m doing, I’m doing what I should / I’m living, I’m living in the good / The hills won’t keep me down / I will find the sound.”
“Anhedonia Days” definitely has a different feel. He is still strumming a guitar but the synths especially on the beginning of the song make it feel dissonant almost frantic. What I really appreciated was how the song unfolded and became more. “Black Highways” combines fuzz, synths and dry guitar with his signature vocal style while “Wage These Wars” strips thing back and showcases some of his guitar skill.
Kuhn is just getting started. Songs like “The Boardwalk,” “Chasing Horizons” and “42 Straight” are some of the other highlights on the album.
If you go to the Bandcamp page for Grey Shore Avenue you will notice that he has a comprehensive catalog. Kuhn has music in his blood and it is obvious to me especially on this latest effort that he still has a lot left in him. As for now Chemicals and Allegories is his latest album that best captures the raw emotions that he releases with this cathartic process.
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