I’m not very picky with a lot of genres, but one I am very picky with is that of the “singer-songwriter.” My favorites include Damien Jurado, Joseph Arthur, Josh Ritter … toxic artists include Jack Johnson, Gavin DeGraw, and you get the idea.
Trent Hancock, and his debut EP Ghostbird, definitely fit into that category for me. He leads with the acoustic guitar, includes appropriate amounts of piano and strings, and the drums support, but don’t overtake any songs.
At first, I didn’t really love it. In all honesty, it sounded like a lot of Top 40 tracks already out there. However, when I got to “Strong Hands,” I had a change of heart and, dammit, I really dug the song.
The final track, “Zale,” was also a pretty big plus for me. So, I went back to the beginning and listened again … and a couple more times. With each listen, I liked the first songs more and appreciated the album more as a whole.
Bon voyage, young Trent!
- Origin: Brooklyn, NY
- Age: Unknown
- Reasons for Makin’ It: Trent Hancock is definitely ready for mainstream airplay, but he’s got enough interesting elements to please doubtful listeners as well. His bio compares him to the Beatles (just like everyone) but honestly, I don’t think he needs to lean on them.