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Paul Kloschinsky – Better Late Than Never

URL: http://www.kloschinsky.com/

It’s easy to know how to categorize an artist like Paul Kloschinsky. Citing from his bio: Paul Kloschinsky is a Folk Rock Singer Songwriter from Delta, BC, Canada. He won the 2007 MusicAid Award for Best Canadian Songwriter for my original song Wearin’ Blue. He just released my first album, Woodlands, February 24, 2009 on Prism/Universal in Canada. Paul Kloschinsky was born in Saskatchewan in 1963. He attended the University of British Columbia in the 1980’s and received a Bsc in Computer Science and an MD. After living and working across Canada he has returned to his hometown of Delta, BC, Canada. He has played in a few rock bands in the Vancouver area since High School. He is now a Folk-Rock Singer Songwriter. What’s more: He won the 2007 MusicAid Award for Best Canadian Songwriter for his original song Wearin’ Blue. He recently released his first album, Woodlands, February 24, 2009 on Prism/Universal in Canada.

In addition to being a songwriter, he is also an avid poet and photographer.

This Canadian based musical mastermind how has several albums to his credit now just released their latest CD in early 2015 entitled Better Late Than Never. Better Late Than Never is one of the more brightly flavored Acoustic rock releases I’ve heard this year. It’s not so dark and apocalyptic steeped in the fog of shock rock like Pink Floyd This 10 track release has got some sold melodies and impressive musicianship to boot – which is a rarity in today music. Not only is this guy a rock solid musician, his contributions to the writing and arrangements of the songs have been of paramount importance-which is to say nothing of the infections and contagious chemistry he shares by himself musically. This latest CD will remind you of The Cave Singers, Blitzen Trapper, The Moondoggies, Cotton Jones and Middle Brother. Once again it’s not moody or too serious; it’s quite the opposite evident from the outset within the first few seconds of Track 1: “Across the Sea” and Track 2 the title track, which are both superlative numbers. I see Kloschinsky as a rock revivalist that others (like myself) will lobby hard for. Kloschinsky can sing, write and play well. Music is a masterful combination of classic pop with a bit of modern rock-folk. Music and lyrics are all rich in humor laced satire poking fun at the world and full of casual observations. As a vocalist Kloschinsky recalls the higher-registries as well and meshes well with himself harmoniously. Kloschinsky has a solid sound that reminds me of both old school pop-rock with a modern day feel. Tack 6 “What Good is Love to Me” is another solid movement with lyrics that get a point across. ”Knock on Wood” and “Electronic Paradise” is a great closer. The CD as a whole develops well into top flight melodic phrasing and thickly laced harmonies. Some tracks are more pop-inflected however all are alt-rock driven rather than the typical synth-pop posturing we’ve all come to expect. All of this plays into Kloschinsky’s unique sensibility and earthy spin on the world that can jar even the staunchest of listeners.

It’s safe to say much of today’s Rock is made up entirely of yawning ambient beats, sparse musicianship and superficial vocals. Some of these intangibles reflect the artists themselves and the state of the music industry itself. Much of it is built of a house of cards that has become the quintessential pop persona. Where am I going with all this? None of the above applies to Paul Kloschinsky because what you see is what you get. No smoke and mirrors just real good music.

I-TUNES: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/better-late-than-never/id956118766

Patrick Muhlenberg