David Arn – Walking to Dreamland
by Reggie Dunham
David Arn’s music is steeped in Rock, Blues and Alternative Folk. His latest CD “Walking to Dreamland” (2014) embraces the rich heritage of all of the above genres, while holding his own within their deep and versatile musical voice and exuberant writing delivery. All of this and more tie the album together nicely, even as the music skips around and delves into unsuspected territory. This is more than just Blues/Rock folks, I can even hear eerie Folk-Rock woven within the musical fabric. All of the above is a tripped out combination of musical styles no doubt – making for and equal parts musical experience. Arn start with a solid core structure of the studied and fluid acoustic guitar stylings that remnded me of Pink Floyd and maybe Bob Dylan. Bob Dylan released his music and let the chips fall where they may, Arn kind of takes this approach. The solid and exploratory rhythm guitar, Organ and Piano (David Arn) and the impressive solo guitar work from (Raz Ben Ari) meshed with articulate rhythm section realls sealed the deal for me. Add in a storytelling vocal swagger – adds a cherry on top of the whole experience. From this core structure there is a revolving door of musicians that round out the David Arn sound, this album is a ‘can’t miss’ for any lover of mind bending music. If you’re looking to broaden your musical horizon with a fresh energetic take on what defines deep Americana today – check out the music of David Arn immediately.
The album starts off with the title track a somewhat intoxicating yet pop yielding rock ballad which is comparable to a welcome mat giving the listener a positive premonition of things to come. All 10 tracks have everything the tile implies dark overtones with a splash of Americana, Blues. Music is cut from the same cloth as O.A.R., Pink Floyd, The Tiger Lilies, Dave Matthews Band, R.E.M, Blues Traveler and Rusted Root. Next up is my favorite track on the set: “Better off Today” gets off the ground smoothly enough. Songs like “Real Time” and “When You Lost Your Situation” making for the strongest territory of the album as a whole. By track 5 this CD hits solid stride and keeps coming at you one track after the next. Just when you think you got this guy pegged the next few tracks prove you wrong “Rosalina’s Music (Nexus Chokehold” and “Something More Between Us” will stop you in your tracks. Many tracks are mixed with some lighter rock and pop while a few notables are a total riot. Some songs even have a sad but true overtone with a ring of truth to them. Finally ”The Last Word” and “Water Lilies” ends the CD on hopeful, impassioned note.
After listening to “Walking to Dreamland” by David Arn it’s evident to me his talent goes far beyond what I imagined or even expected. David Arn is a great advent to singer/songwriter and he has the voice and the dark-Folkish flair many people across this nation will gravitate towards no doubt. His band is to the same level of his songwriting craft and the combination of vocals, rhythm section and music really brings it all together. David Arn and his latest release “”walking to Dreamland” is collectively something well worth your time in a sea of worthless musical clutter.
David Arn Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/davidarn
Score: 4/5 Stars