present a new release of Dean Ray – STRIPPED BACK '4TRAK Sessions Volume One'
please read a review Jeanette Russell kindly shares with all our readers:
Dean Ray has released his 3rd album called 4TRAK. He is a very talented singer songwriter and plays the acoustic guitar accompanying, heartfelt, meaningful and moving songs.
Ray was born in Queensland, and living on rural properties as a child he has described himself as playing in the open country, and being very imaginative. From there, Dean explored his love of instruments and music when he was quite young, starting off playing the drums and then embarking on guitar lessons at 13.
Ray was runner up in the 2014 X Factor Oz. After which he has toured internationally as well as frequently in Australia. Inspired by his parents' collections of records and tapes, he had the idea of the 4trak sessions, emulating the simple 4 track tape recorders of the 80s.
About this new work, Dean has stated that “I got caught up in what other people wanted from me and what may have worked on radio, that I forgot about the soul of music. I had to strip it all back to the bare minimum, removing all the noise and finding who I am in the tracks.”
Listening to the album I felt it was so eloquent and inspiring. Dean is a talented and dedicated songwriter, who works very hard to hone his craft. Producing, engineering, and mixing this latest piece is highly impressive indeed.
I highly recommend a listen to this unique album. From my experience, it's very easy on the ears, expressive and soulful.
Being a Melbourne person, I loved the song Chapel St. The first one on the album.
4TRAK is available in physical and digital formats.
NEW ALBUM OUT SEPTEMBER 4TH
Connect with Dean here:
Tune in on Tuesday 1st Sept for Facebook live 8pm
To pre-order: https://ffm.to/4traksessionsvol1
Merchandise orders: http://www.deanraymusic.com/shop
special thanks to Cat Swinton