Logan Gauvreau is a young musician from Canada who seems to be just getting his feet wet as singer songwriter on his release Nomad. Gauvreau wears his influence son his sleeve throughout these songs and indulges a lot of tropes within folk and rock from the last fifty years. It’s not that surprising that his album cover depicts the standard archetype of a bohemian folk singer since Bob Dylan.
Gauvreau is a young guy and sometimes it takes a while for your own style to be defined. This seems to be the case here. Gauvreau strums basic major and minor chord progressions and and sings in an almost hyperbolic way that feeds the stereotype of a tortured, bohemian folk singer from the ’60’s. Truth be told notable “folk” singers today like Sufjan Stevens and Kristian Matsson are unique voices with such distinct styles that it's much harder to get by with a couple of strummed chords.
Gauvreau starts with “Asshole” and no it's not the cover of the Beck song. I didn’t mind the drumming in the song but unfortunately it's often noticeably off time. That being said the song is somewhat catchy. Gauvreau exaggerates some of his words which make it hard to hear what he is saying.
“Burnin” is a highlight that veers towards rock. The drums sound better on this song but were also a lot lower in the mix. As the album moves forward there are some highlights like “Darling” and “Outcast Night.”
One thing that came across is that Gauvreau has a passion for the music he makes. I think Nomad is a passionate effort but Gauvreau is going to have to continue to improve in a number of ways to be competitive with some of the great folk singers of today.
The good news is Gauvreau is a young man and like I’ve said before I think it can take a long time for an artist potential to develop. I still think it took me about fifteen years to start writing quality songs. Gauvreau has all the time in the world but I hope to hear improvements and more complex arrangements on his next release.
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