Dorian Sorriaux - Hungry Ghost

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A mildly unlikely release, Hungry Ghost is the debut solo EP from Blues Pills lead guitarist Dorian Sorriaux, who it turns out has an outstanding singing voice of his own, and has turned it to some thoroughly Neil Young-esque folk music. Via Soulseller records, who are perhaps better known for extreme metal releases, but have some prior experience with Weh albums in this field, Hungry Ghost is a departure from the heavy blues rock Sorriaux has become best known for - where the focus tends to be on singer Elin Larsson - and is a significantly more interesting musical journey, centred around delicate acoustic guitars and very little other instrumentation. That allows Dorian's haunting vocal to take centre stage, where it can't help but make every sparse track emotional. Like a less-aggressive Conny Ochs, with similar soaring vocal melodies, it's the perfect music for those closing montages on episodes of gritty TV dramas where everything is going wrong for the central characters. Kurt Sutter would have used every one of these songs. The pick of the bunch is probably the title track, but then at other times the second half crescendo of Need To Love stands out, and on the next play-through, it's the Sound of Silence overtones of Hello My Friend which hit home the strongest. The whole thing bears endless repeat plays, and any one track could be the highlight. Sorriaux is lining up live performances before setting about producing more music along these lines, but this taste is most certainly not enough. A full album of material could very well be a glorious thing indeed.

Written by Andy Lye
More: 2018, Acoustic/Folk, EPs, Quickplay Reviews,

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