“Hello Stranger”, is a work to flood the environment, filling the uncomfortable silence of ordinary days.
The melodies were created to be pleasant and light, harmonically contrasting with the most thought-provoking and enigmatic lyrics.
Despite the inspirations being the 70's/80's, the melodies and vocal tone are very reminiscent of the Brazilian music scene of the 80's/90's, in the soundtracks of the famous soap operas.
Hello Stranger takes effective if uncomplicated pop rock melodies from the 70s and 80s and turns them on their head. With lyricism that’s seemingly continually strange and cryptic, reminding me of a young Anthony Kiedis, there’s a strange poignancy that begins to shine over the record in totality. But what remains front and centre of Hello Stranger is a commitment to the effortlessly melodic, the basic and addictive tunes that any listener will find something deliciously addictive to sink themselves into.
Singer-songwriter Zachary Crawford lavishes talent on his new album.
The artist has just released his new album, Hello Strange, has 10 tracks and 39 minutes of pure delight.
The singer's new album already arrives on his first track showing what it came for, with an exquisite and lively rhythm the song is a real antidote to discouragement, a song that shows brings Jazz, pop and classic, fun work and at the same time full of weight in its genius composition.
Hello Stranger was recorded over the course of a year jointly in Zachary’s home studio and Dutch producer Phil Martin's studio in Dordrecht.
It draws inspiration from the soft rock sounds of the late 70s/early 80s and was recorded with a mix of vintage analogue instruments and modern production techniques. A strong emphasis on cryptic, thought-provoking lyrics adds an interesting contrast to the light, catchy melodies.
Zachary Crawford - Vocals
Phil Martin - Drums, Percussion, Keys, Bass
Tim den Heijer - Guitar
Margriet Groenhof - Backing Vocals
Yolande Kalbs - Backing Vocals
Phil Martin (Producer)
Edwin in 't Veld - Mastering and Guitar
Ton van der Kolk - Bass
Cees Trappenburg - Flugelhorn on Hands Up
Zachary Crawford (Composer)
Zachary Crawford (Lyricist)
Former singer, guitarist and songwriter for Cork based band Fabric, Zachary put writing on hold to indulge in his love of live jazz, singing standards inspired by the likes of Kurt Elling, Mark Murphy and Chet Baker.
After a break from music Zachary took up songwriting again in earnest, releasing a self produced EP, More Matter With Less Art, in 2020. Hard Enough, an independent single, was released in July 2021 and is generating much interest internationally. Hello Stranger, the debut album, was released in May 2022.