Santa Cruz, CA, March 08, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Five Compositions on Canvas
Rob Owen paints uncommon soundscapes onto Common Ground.
The Rob Owen Band has recently released Common Ground. The EP includes five carefully-crafted compositions “painted” on an adult alternative canvas of muse. With the assistance of a talented band of musicians, Rob uses his baritone voice, atypical chord progressions, and modulating meter signatures to convey tranquil and illuminating aural imagery. The Rob Owen Band has painted five uncommon soundscapes onto Common Ground.
Rob's songwriting prowess shines on Common Ground. It also reflects a lifelong interest in Luminist landscape painting. The influence from this painting style permeates the lyrical and melodic palette used to compose each track. The EP creates a unique mix of muse that is stylistically uplifting and enlightening; all qualities that have garnished numerous positive reviews in the industry. The Santa Cruz Sentinel says of the EP, “From the first track of the CD right through the last song, something about his songs, his lyrics and how the music is so beautifully understated spoke volumes.”
Each one of Rob’s songs is an intimate and engaging three and a half minute experience on its own. The first track on the EP, “Here for You” displays his relaxing and picturesque poetic lyrics as they set the scene: “Woke up yesterday in August valley, red leaves and tall grass. The wind blew sideways; time stood still ... a thousand hours could have passed.” The title track “Common Ground” is an insightful, eye-opening and soothing ballad formed around a social statement. Within the composition is a perfect blend of aesthetically soulful vocals and atmospheric guitar leads that quietly beckon the listener forward towards an epiphany. Acoustic guitar, piano, organ and vivacious percussion infuse a Sting-like storyline in “Daphne.”
Behind Rob Owen and his luminous, image-laden music is his band consisting of; Will Bright on Bass, Dave McReynolds on Drums, lead guitarist Ron Work and the piano and organ performance of Neil MacPherson. Rob Owen “paints” emotions as any master painter would. However, his expressive songs are not conveyed via colorful, oil-based brush strokes; instead, Owen brushes the strings of an acoustic guitar and blends the chords into an incredible combination of vocals and poetic imagery. Owen's compositions are uncommon soundscapes painted onto a musical canvas entitled Common Ground.
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