James Dean Claitor releases cinematic, atmospheric new album
(Published: June 14, 2014)
It’s no surprise that James Dean Claitor is a screenwriter.
Claitor’s latest album, Pseudonyms, is awash with cinematic atmospherics. His ear for melody seems to be guided by a director’s eye for storytelling. Claitor’s compositions are ripe for interpretation, and words would only interrupt the imaginative flow of the music.
This is easy listening with a visionary touch. While other artists are content with merely setting a mood, Claitor takes it steps further; his songs breathe out fresh air, casting an ethereal spell.
Featuring saxophonist Dave Panico, clarinetist Michel Martineau, and drummer Grant Jolly, Claitor aims for pop hooks and not creative excess. “Buongiorno Baby” is both upbeat and relaxing; Panico’s sax produces a somewhat tropical vibe that’s as welcome as a summer breeze. “Sidereal” is dreamy and quite lovely. “Swamp Guitar,” on the other hand, is on the gritty side as fuzzy riffs sharpen its edges. Martineau’s soaring clarinet helps elevate “Second Chance” into the heavens.
The Louisiana-born Claitor was raised on music in the South, reflected in his eclecticism; having written over 130 compositions, Claitor is not one to be bound by stylistic boundaries, and his sense of artistic freedom is wonderfully evident on Pseudonyms.
More Information: http://jamesdeanclaitor.com
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