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Karl Vincent

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The best kept secret in music


"EP Review"

Review by Niamh Ni Chearbhaill

No stranger to the singer/songwriter scene in Dublin and indeed to the music industry in general, Karl Vincent’s debut solo EP “Lovers & Liars” was released last April. His music has been described as acoustic alternative pop. I’m not sure about the pop part, though a couple of his songs wouldn’t have sounded out of place on the “Blaze of Glory” soundtrack. Acoustic Bon Jovi with intelligent lyrics, anyone?

Karl‘s voice is like sun-drenched sand: silky, warm and rough, it brings an uncommon intimacy to these songs. Add his agile guitar playing and the song writing of a true poet and you‘ll have some idea of what his music sounds like. With each repeated listening some new sound or lyric glides into evidence. The mix separation is excellent, with each track residing in it‘s own distinct frequency and stereo location.

The tracks on this EP are for the most part light and mellow, though “Runaway” hints at a darker more dramatic side and I would love to hear more along this line. His voice drops down and goes a bit morning-after-the-night-before. I have to admit that this track is my favourite. It’s probably the poet in me. Words that don’t just describe an emotion but make you feel it are the most powerful.

“Runaway from here
Run so hard you can’t look back
Run so fast your feet, your feet
Won’t touch the ground, ground”

The woman he describes in this song strikes me as someone who gives the appearance of being fiery and reckless but is secretly damaged or fragile at the core. I think this is the strongest song on the EP and as such should perhaps have come first.

“Dreaming” opens like a soft breeze. Barely touched guitar strings, brushes on the drums and lush string pads playing in the background all blend together into a very groovy sound.

“Apology” is a good description of the empty and anxious wait after apologising and before being forgiven. The use of expectant piano motifs, like a leaky tap in an empty space, following the lyrics “I hope that’s you knocking on my door?” is brilliant. He backs himself vocally on this one and it’s a nice effect.

In “Alone” Karl makes good use of texture with various percussion sounds and the delicate use of piano keys in the upper registers. It‘s one of the best love songs I’ve heard so far this year.

“When you’re smiling,
You make me forget my fears.
When you’re crying,
I could drown inside your tears”

I’d like to hear a little more blues in Karl’s voice and some electric guitar in the darker songs. The lighter tracks would convert well to bluegrass and I’d be interested to hear them kicked up another few revs. - www.musician.ie


" ....captivating. It's great songwriting simply put.
Well ....it seems this music machine is working today !" - www.garageband.com

"....bringing his rich, smooth and powerful vocal
style to the singer songwriter scene. Karl’s voice
always makes people stop and listen, and that combined with his crafted songwriting ...makes him a compelling and immensely enjoyable artist to watch perform." - 4play / www.irismagazine.net

“…we will be hearing a lot more from this guy in the future” - KFM radio.

“Vocal is terrific, hypnotic and revealing vibe…This is EXCELLENT” - www.taxi.com
- Various


4 track E.P. "Lovers and Liars" - Empty Pocket Records


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Currently residing in Dublin, Karl has played numerous gigs in venues around Dublin, and appeared in "Songwriter Specials" and "Singer/Songwriter" nights in the Isaac Butt, Voodoo Lounge, Da2 and the Mezz Bar to name a few. He has also played in the Red Hot Music Club as part of their limited yearly concerts. Recently he played in the Olypmia Theatre as part of the St. Patricks Day festival.
Karl's influences range from REM , the Beatles , Thin Lizzy to modern day contemporaries such as The Frames , The Devlins and David Kitt. With a unique voice and crafted songs it's worth trying to catch one of his live gigs.