If the name Roy Ashen is unfamiliar to you, that’s okay. I am here to educate you on this incredible talent. On his MySpace page, Roy Ashen says, “‘I’m a person who doesn’t get hung up on categories….my friends and my musical influences have no boundaries.”
Nothing I have heard has contradicted that statement.
His style of music was deemed by the Hollywood Reporter to be, “David Bowie meets Kravitz” and other praise has come from Musician Magazine, CMJ and most impressively, Brian May from Queen who said, “Roy’s playing is immaculate!”
Residing in California, Roy Ashen recorded his first album in his Burbank apartment in the late nineties. Entitled “A Little Drop of Something Not Quite Blood”, it was an immediate hit with fans. In 2004, he went on to release “Sugar and Gasoline” which is available on iTunes along with his latest release. Eclipse has been three years in the making, but that has given him the time to create something that is not only musically brilliant, but lyrically stimulating too.
Ashen’s voice is very easy to listen to. He sounds a bit like an edgy Jason Mraz. If you are a fan of U2, you will greatly enjoy Eclipse. Many of the album tracks are reminiscent of U2’s style, and yet somehow more engaging and more powerful. You can hear many different musical influences in Roy Ashen’s songs, and they combine to make something special.
The title track, Eclipse, is the first song on the album and right away it pulls you in. The chorus is catchy and the whole track just has a really good sound to it. The songs Run and X-Ray both reminded me a little of Muse. The music is used very dramatically to complement the vocals and for that reason they stand out as two of the strongest songs on the album.
Other favourites are Goodbye, Hold It Together Now, Wavelength and the superbly titled Karma is a Boomerang.
The full track listing is:
4. Hold It Together Now
5. This Town
7. Never Gonna Learn
8. Karma is a Boomerang
9. Brand New World
Roy Ashen’s Eclipse is well worth buying if you love good rock music with the added bonus of profound lyrics. I firmly believe that if more people knew of Roy Ashen, his success with this album would most certainly match the levels of Jason Mraz, Coldplay, Muse and any other such artist who can produce music with meaning. If I haven’t yet convinced you, take a look at the Roy Ashen MySpace page and listen for yourself. If you like what you hear, head on over to iTunes and purchase Eclipse. You’ll be glad you did.