Holding on to Yesterday
On his debut studio release, Australian singer-songwriter Craig Stephens has managed to weave threads of wide-ranging stylistic influence through a rich sonic tapestry to present a collection of ten exciting new songs that offer the listener a warm introduction to his unique voice and lyrical sensibilities. Self produced; "Holding on to yesterday" was recorded, mixed, mastered and pressed in just over a month. The recording features French musicians Etienne Busson (drums), Stephane Jacquet (double bass) and Thomas Riancourt (soprano sax) all providing tasteful accompaniment to Stephens' guitar based song craft. The opening track - "Something tells me" - along with "Shallow man", "Bad love" and "Sweetheart" all display an affinity with folk & Americana, whilst ear catching tunes like "Flying away", "Real" and "Lorraine" each gently suggest flavors of reggae, jazz and rock respectively. Each composition well deserves it's listening time, and the overall result is diverse and engaging. The album displays depth, maturity and a contemporary artistic voice that clearly tips a hat to it's musical origins. With scheduled appearances at various European festivals and venues across 2010 & 2011, these are exciting times for this promising Australian songwriter. "Holding on to yesterday" will be available in CD and download formats from September 2010.