The Sun Harmonic

The Sun Harmonic

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2009 | SELF

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2009
Band Folk Rock




"EP Premiere : “It’s All Okay Thanks to You” by The Sun Harmonic"

The Sun Harmonic premieres their prominent new EP, “It’s All Okay Thanks to You,” out today. The Canadian-based group has been bring a bold and unique sound to the masses, not only in their homeland, but beyond. Their stunning musicality is a breath of fresh air in the ever-changing music scene, and The Sun Harmonic are right at the top of the game. Kicking off things this Spring with their well-received and critically acclaimed song “Sign on the Road,” the group brings to the musical forecast a sound and vibe that is like no other. Fronted by lead vocalist and songwriter Kaleb Hikele, The Sun Harmonic is a true labor of love. The record is filled to the brim with harmonic melodies, enchanting songwriting, storytelling lyricism, and a sound that will overall knock you off your feet. The EP clocks in with 5 songs, that graciously flow from one to the other. You’ll find yourself head over heels for songs like “Coffee Girl,” and in love with pieces like “A Question for You.” The sound that The Sun Harmonic creates is a charming and insightful look into the band, and what they have to offer the world.

The Sun Harmonic is a solo folk act that grew into a rock and roll band and the main creative outlet for Canadian composer Kaleb Hikele since 2009. An eclectic songwriter and adventurous recording artist from Toronto’s east end, raised in the small town of St.Thomas, Ontario. After a decade using his stage name, the artist was gratefully showcased by Canada’s Walk of Fame in downtown Toronto and Festival Du Voyageur in Winnipeg 2020. Now a folk-rock trio, the group is ready to Rock and Roll more than ever.

“It’s All Okay Thanks to You,” is a marvelous masterpiece that will send you comfort during these times. Be sure to find the EP on digital outlets, out today, April 17. - Live in Limbo

"The Sun Harmonic Unleash Glorious New Single "Sign on the Road""

Canada's The Sun Harmonic brings a delightful breath of fresh air in the crazy world this week.

Sharing with us today their glorious new single "Sign on the Road," the group takes a charming turn on a track that is catchy from start to finish. With brightly strummed guitars and brilliant vocals, the group recalls artists such as Sam Roberts, off the top of our heads.

Bold piano is placed throughout which bring the instrumentation of the song to life. The vocals, are both vibrant and dreamy as the story inside takes you on a musical journey with the band.

The Sun Harmonic is a solo folk act that grew into a rock and roll band and the main creative outlet for Canadian composer Kaleb Hikele since 2009. An eclectic songwriter and adventurous recording artist from Toronto's east end, raised in the small town of St.Thomas, Ontario. After a decade using his stage name, the artist was gratefully showcased by Canada's Walk of Fame in downtown Toronto and Festival Du Voyageur in Winnipeg 2020. Now a folk-rock trio, the group is ready to Rock and Roll more than ever.

"Sign on the Road," is an uplifting piece that our ears surely do need right now. Forge ahead The Sun Harmonic; we need you now more than ever. Their new record It's All Okay, Thanks To You, is out April 17. - The Indie Source (Hollywood)

"We Love The Heart Wrenching Piano Ballad “A Heart So Heavy” By The Sun Harmonic"

Residing in St. Thomas, Canada, eclectic singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kaleb Hikele uses music as an outlet via his project The Sun Harmonic. Classical-trained pianist first, folk/rock songsmith second, The Sun Harmonic started performing in 2009 as a solo artist, now accompanied by his rock band and even string orchestras. With two new singles,” In The Forest” and “A Heart So Heavy”, released in Spring 2019, Kaleb began his ventures on tour through Ontario in June. Catch The Sun Harmonic live on stage in an intimate solo performance on guitar & piano, or live with his folk/rock trio. With his life-spanning catalog of original songs at hand, he sings just like he wears his heart on his sleeve.

“A Heart So Heavy” begins with a haunting piano solo that slowly transitions into a finely-calibrated ballad. The vocals come in and completely blow me away, their sultry and melancholic, yet full of emotion and truth. “A Heart So Heavy” is raw and emotive, it teeters on the line of of sadness, but remains reminiscent and fairly light hearted. Kaleb’s vocal register and harmonically-rich production is musical brilliance. He pours his heart and soul into this track and we can’t get enough. The power and meaning from beginning to end is both inspiring and galvanizing in today’s music industry. The Sun Harmonic has done a fantastic job conveying his emotion through poetry, matching hard-hitting instrumentals and exuding a spectacular vibrance. We can’t wait to see what he delivers next! - Buzz Media

"Music Review of the Day"

The Sun Harmonic is one of the many projects for Toronto-based Kaleb Hikele. He`s led rock bands, been a folk performer, and helped create an artist collective, as well as solidifying his creative empire by building a downtown studio. Now, he returns to his first instrument, the piano, to create this body of songs on the new set After We Fly.

It`s actually a sampler for a bigger work to come, a wide-ranging double album he`s preparing for 2016, called Winter. So this has the alternate title of 8 Winter Songs. How snowy the whole thing gets remains to be recorded, but for now After We Fly is a tempting treat. Hikele knows full well how to make modern, delicious tracks, rich in melody and intricately composed. What he avoids here is the temptation to chop it all up and dose it in trickery and finery. Instead, each song has as its main instrument the piano, so sadly out of fashion in most genres. Yet here it is in all its glory, chords and triplets and trills and tremolos.

That's not to say he doesn't embellish; there are lots more instruments, even some effects, but those glorious melodies came straight from the old Joanna. He introduces jazz moves, classical ideas, and lush pop, with cello, trumpet, and a grand chorus of voices among the guests. With a fine, soothing voice as well, Hikele has done wonders for the piano player. - Bob Mersereau's Top 100 Canadian Singles Blog

"After We Fly Review"

(Performance: A+/Production: A) Recording as The Sun Harmonic, multi-instrumentalist and composer Kaleb Hikele has been responsible for previous releases that have gathered a healthy amount of critical respect. After We Fly gratifyingly takes his body of work to a brilliant new plateau as he takes eight songs from a work in progress entitled Winter that’s due next year and lets his audience hear these songs as they change.

Listening here it’s hard to imagine how the humanity, honesty and at times absolutely beautiful Beatles-esque melodicism washing over them could be improved upon. The record’s dominant instrument is the piano and the richly rendered sounds Hikele coaxes from it and the dreamy warmth suff using these tracks makes this a sometimes exhilarating listen that creates a world of its own.
– Rod Nicholson - SCENE Magazine (London Ontario)

"Big Takeover Review of After We Fly"

"“Elegiac”: Adjective. 1. Mournful, somber, melancholic. (I add a qualifier,  “bittersweetly beautiful.”) 2.Kaleb Nathaniel Hikele, AKA The Sun Harmonic. Like AWOL Jon Brion or Paul McCartney’s troika of moving Beatles ballads, ’68-’70, Hikele needs only a piano (having been classically trained, age five), his reassuring bedside-manner, and chamber music production, to make elegiac music painted in the refracted light of sundown on the clouds. The multi-instrumentalist adds bits and bobs to backgrounds, but on “As I Go Away” and “Where Your Beauty Lies,” it’s the intimacy of his delicate fingers and vocal that reigns. Like Jon DeRosa, that intimacy was forged in days as a punk/alt.rocker and eventually prolific solo artist, and his aspirations are such that this eight-song ode to winter will give way to a 22-song double-LP version, Winter, next winter. Such grandiose ambition—such direct heart."
- Jack Rabid, Big Takeover Magazine (Brooklyn, NY) - Big Takeover Magazine (Brooklyn, NY) by Jack Rabid

"After We Fly - New Canadian"

The Sun Harmonic is lyricist/singer/producer Kaleb Hikele, an artist whose earlier work (including a recent collaboration with Al Grantham) has impressed this scribe. New album After We Fly (his fourth studio record) is an interesting concept, as it's rather a document of a work in progress. Hikele is planning a 22 song double album, Winter, for an early 2016 release, and it will include expanded versions of these eight songs. This is mellow folk-pop, based around his gentle vocal style and fluent work on a multitude of instruments. Sparse piano ballads predominate, and it'll be fascinating to see how he builds on these songs. - Kerry Doole - New Canadian Music

"8 Winter Songs by The Sun Harmonic"

The Sun Harmonic is a modern day piano man. He has released 8 Winter Songs this season.

Living as a 21st century musician, and genre spanning songwriter, Kaleb Hikele resides in Toronto, Canada. His new music is in the style of folk, rock and jazz - After We Fly is the fourth studio album under his stage moniker. These 8 songs were chosen to showcase from a larger project that revolves around his first love - and the instrument that inspired his musical mind - the piano. This conceptual double album, due in winter 2016, is a big idea with a simple name - Winter.

The Sun Harmonic reinvented himself in the recording studio throughout the year 2014. Kaleb faced a songwriting assignment which he has been composing, only during the winter season, for the past four years. It has lead to his new body of work - 22 piano songs with one vision - his truest artistic statement to date. The revisiting of Kaleb's earliest classical roots are put to the test on this concept album, while his art of songwriting is inspired by many other musical branches that continue to grow.

On After We Fly, you will hear Kaleb playing his most familiar instruments, the guitar and piano, beside new orchestral additions like the cello and trumpet. He invited some friends and musical talents to perform, featuring them in the forefront of these studio recordings; you’ll hear drummer Zack Buck from earlier rock projects, the trio of Broadview Band backup singers, and Kaleb’s sister Jenay singing a duet. The first sessions were conducted on the bench of a grand piano and the rest of the album was created in Kaleb’s home studio space in the east end of Toronto.

Kaleb is an artist who wears many hats, woven from the influence of classical piano and folk style guitar; stemming from a record collection of jazz, soul and rock vinyl. His songs have been shared with Canadians during his recent East Coast Tour in the spring of 2014, as well as being played across the country on various campus and commercial radio stations. Kaleb spends his waking hours on stage performing his original music, or in his own studio, experimenting with new genres and instrumentation.

The Sun Harmonic is a prolific artist who has kept a constant output of diverse recordings since 2004. In the past, a rock musician - day dreaming. In the present, an aspiring piano man - for the masses. In the future, he is a record - forever spinning... - Moon Melody Press

"Canadian Musician Showcase Feature"

Kaleb Hikele has taken an interesting path on his way to becoming the singer/songwriter he is today. Having picked up music by learning classical piano at five years of age, he went on to play in a number of punk and alternative bands during high school before finally branching out on his own in 2007. Since then, he’s found the time to release five albums (one live) as well as an EP. He’s a busy man, indeed.

Hikele’s latest releases, which are still recorded solo, fall under the name The Sun Harmonic. His music is rooted in folk, but contains traces of alternative, bringing a Ben Harper-like feel to many of his songs.

His diverse musical background may be his greatest asset. His songs can go from a crawl to an uplifting feel with little notice and he knows when it’s appropriate to get loud with both his guitar and voice.

With so many releases under his belt, it’s a wonder that music as good as Hikele’s isn’t known to a wider audience. But who knows, maybe his latest, 2010’s Chemistry will be the one that propels him to wider recognition… - Canadian Musician Magazine

"Exclaim! Review of Chemistry"

It takes a lot of guts to do what Kaleb Hikele has done. Performing with scream acts (Far From Freedom) and alt-rock trios (the Capitol) in the past, Hikele has reinvented himself as a classically trained folk artist playing under the moniker the Sun Harmonic. And as the sparse, yet startlingly genuine, arrangements on his debut full-length illustrate, Hikele is ready to bare his soul to anyone who will listen. Each of the ten tracks on Chemistry allows for lots of room to breathe, from the acoustic, pseudo-spacey groove of "Ready To Flood" to "If I Fall," which not only highlights Hikele's sombre side, but also his affinity for dusty, twangy folk. Presumably free of any artistic constraints, Hikele explores a variety of musical and thematic undertones on Chemistry, usually with fortuitous grace. His voice climbs above any barriers on "All You Need," proving that to make a strong and well-rounded record all you really need is yourself, and a little bit of courage. (Independent) - Exclaim Magazine

"The Sun Harmonic on Pop Vulture Magazine"

Kaleb Hikele has spent the majority of his life on the stage and in the recording studio, experimenting with composition and genre while he continues to expand his collection of original music. The Canadian musician has indulged in his twelfth independent release, recorded over the past year and released as a 2-song Digital 7 Inch on August 11th. This was the debut of a new rock n’ roll project with longtime friend and drummer, Zack Buck, presented to the public as The Eight of Hearts. Kaleb is a musical pirate, always looking for his next folk, blues, rock, soul or jazz outlet, who can also be found on the stage or the studio floor as The Sun Harmonic.

The Eight of Hearts is suppose to be a foreshadowing of a full-length hard rock album. However, its an album I thought I would make three years ago. I hid in my basement and made a retro soul & blues album instead. Now that I'm back on the predicted track, I'll keep moving forward and see where I end up at the end of it. Stay tuned.

popVLTR: Youve been making moves in Canada, howd you get into music? The Sun Harmonic: Very early. Mom and Dad got me in to piano and vocal lessons at the age of 5, so I was singing show tunes in a choir and playing classical music on stage until the day I picked up a guitar in Grade 7. I started writing my own songs and have been over and over again ever since, for almost a decade by now. Songwriting led to shows, which led to home recording, which leads to more writing. I havent left Canada with my music yet but I played my first show outside of the province last month.

popVLTR: Congrats on The Eight of Hearts, who are some of your influences? TSH: Thank you. Well, if you haven;t heard the Fire disc of The Alchemy Index by the band Thrice, you should listen. Youll see where Im coming from with Side A and B of The Eight of Hearts. Zack and I, my good friend who plays drums on the tracks, are both heavily inspired by rock from the 2000s which energized our high school bands and now gives us life again to put in to these new songs of ours. I have plenty of other inspirations, every day I wake up to my overflowing record collection which is full of classical, blues, rock, jazz, psychedelic and folk albums. Im listening to Nighthawks at the Diner by Tom Waits at this very second.

popVLTR: What are some of your proudest moments in music so far? TSH: I was sent an email from a girl who lived in Croatia. She kindly asked me for a copy of an underground folk demo album I threw together to give away for free in the mail as a handmade CD. I thought I would send it to my Mom and a few other friends and surprisingly she found Songs For Her; from the other side of the world. That was a relief. She sent back a long message saying how happy she was to see it at home, not to mention how much she loved the music. The absurd cost to mail it overseas was well worth it. Now, I just need to book a tour to Croatia?

popVLTR: What cool stuff is on the horizon for The Sun Harmonic? TSH: The Eight of Hearts is suppose to be a foreshadowing of a full-length hard rock album. However, its an album I thought I would make three years ago. I hid in my basement and made a retro soul & blues album instead. Now that Im back on the predicted track, Ill keep moving forward and see where I end up at the end of it. Stay tuned. If you keep it a secret, I;ve been writing a piano album for the last three years. If death allows me to record it while Im still alive, it will be out in the foreseeable future. - Pop Vulture Magazine

"Wealth of Music Leads to the Blues"

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"Other Birds bring honest voice"

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"The Sun Harmonic looks to past works"

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"CD REVIEW: The Sun Harmonic "Season""

Artist: The Sun Harmonic (Kaleb Nathaniel Hikele)
Album: Season
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Acoustic Singer/Songwriter
Sounds Like: Bob Dylan, Counting Crows, Jason Mraz. Live
Technical Grade: 6/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Commercial Value: 7/10
Overall Talent Level: 10/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 10/10
Best Songs: Safe, Window, Stir
Weakness: Dry production, lack of musical depth.,

CD Review: Toronto based singer/songwriter Kaleb Nathaniel Hikele or The Sun Harmonic releases his latest CD entitled Season in 2010. Hikele is no stranger to the music business. After years of unveiling high school punk bands, an indie-alternative rock trio, & an expanding collection of original music, Hikele has indulged in releasing his ninth recorded project. Hikele is an emerging musician with acoustic-folk sound and alternative rock & roll roots.

The CD gently takes flight with “Story” a melancholy acoustic intro piece that serves up solitary vocal delivery from Hikele that is passionate, up front & personal. This rather short intro piece merges right into Track 2 Puzzle” which keeps things moving along the intimate path with solitary acoustic guitar ambience & Hikele vocal passion front & center. This track along with Track 3 “Wait” are both striking pieces that flow & ebb their way through to emotional fruition. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of classic Bob Dylan, Counting Crows, & even Live. The actual musical format is very intimate, & is an up close & personal snapshot of the artist. The songs themselves are very naked & personal with messages revealing the highs & lows of life, love, passion, & naked vulnerability. Overall the catalogue is extremely conservative & at times even melancholy. Besides the voice & the acoustic guitar you will also notice some amazing chops & impressive bluesy style riffs thrown in the mix. The acoustic guitar playing abilities from Hikele are impressive, catchy, conservative & in the pocket. His voice is just as impressive & I might add his falsetto is quite amazing. Hikele takes many vocal risks throughout this production indicating to me a strong & confident vocal ability. The lyrical content is extremely revealing as all songs cut deep to the core. From powerful “Apology” to upbeat “Safe” to melodic” Stir” to striking “Again” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with “Song” the perfect final statement for a CD of this caliber.

Hikele is on the right track with these songs as they are striking & captivating, but there are risks you take when delivering a bare bones musical performance such as this. It’s fair to say more musical depth is often needed to compensate for the open space. Again I can’t help but wonder what some of these songs would sound like with other musical elements behind them. Instruments such as a pedal steel, mandolin, harmonica, fiddles, viola, stand-up bass, cello, piano, banjo, percussion, Hammond Organ, slide guitar, & electric guitar would add a much needed musical dimension & would not compromise the earthy, conservative approach. Due to lack of musical depth the production goes down a bit dry. It takes an amazing amount of talent and skill to deliver a bare bones musical production such as this. Hats off to Hikele for taking all this on, but in the end of the day, this CD just sounds like it's missing something. I would strongly advise Hikele if he does take my advice to also incorporate professional recording, mixing, & mastering engineers on his next production as well.

Overall Season by The Sun Harmonic is a striking & compelling musical production. Its strong suit is its overall consistency, lyrical wisdom, & bold straightforwardness. Make no bones about it folks; it took raw honesty to write & perform some of these songs. What I like most about Hikele is there is no attempt to hide how she feels, or sugar- coat the truth. I really admire artists out there who are themselves and just let the chips fall where they may. Praise goes out to the artist that has the courage to show us something real and genuine beneath their veil of vanity. Hikele is one of those artists. If I could say anything to Hikele right now it would be - add a bit more musical flavor to your next production. This can be done without losing the solitary musical foundation. You've also proven how effective you are at entertaining the listener with just an acoustic guitar, your voice & your songs. Imagine how deadly you would be with just a bit more musical textures. The real selling point for any song is the (singer to listener) emotional connection. Here experienced artists will execute and make this connection every time. It cannot be faked and has to be totally genuine. At the end of the day people don't buy plastic and paper, they buy emotions. Hilele delivers in this department 10 fold. Hikele will work - The Muse's Muse

"Discorder Magazine Review"

Featuring graceful acoustics and the silky smooth voice of Kaleb Hikele, The Sun Harmonic is self-produced and worthy of praise due to its classic simplicity of song. This is mirrored by the monochromatic album cover with blank eclipse decor and ballpoint scribbled text. The album begins with “On a Blank Sheet,” a sleepy, acoustic guitar laden track where Hikele’s voice seems almost hybridized into the melody, personifying a languid, melancholic day on an empty beach. However, the next track, “Call Me a Witness,” feels like a sudden emergence from the water. Hikele’s voice, crisp and clear, overrides the tune to bring a whole new energy, like a splash of cold to pull you out of your slumber. The rest of the album is similar in this sense: a rollercoaster ride of cotton caresses and warm hugs to wake you up, ending with an almost-instrumental, which fittingly, is even sleepier than the opener. An amazing production, captured during seven hours of live recording, The Sun Harmonic will not disappoint its soft-hearted listeners. - Discorder Magazine, Editor Florence Ng

"The Sun Harmonic's "Season""

Over the years Canadian musician Kaleb Hikele (The Sun Harmonic) has put out 8 previous releases ranging in style from, scream and alt. rock to folk and singer songwriter. On his latest release, ‘Season’, Kaleb has decided to go in a lo-fi acoustic direction with his sound. What you hear on the release is exactly what he recorded, Kaleb’s acoustic guitar playing and vocals, no over dubs where used on the recording.

The releases opening, “Story” (48 seconds) and closing “Song” (38 seconds) tracks didn’t bring anything exciting to the musical table for me, but other than that I enjoyed the rest of the album and the way that Kaleb really lets his talent shine as he uses different styles of guitar playing and voice inflection to create the necessary mood for each of the 11-songs found on, ‘Season.’

Highlight tracks include, “Apology”, that Kaleb wrote as a dedication and goodbye to a dying relative. I also enjoyed the well done acoustic guitar parts found on the tracks, “Today” and “Stir.”

In all of the songs found on ‘Season’ Kaleb’s vocals shine as he sings about often painful things that have been a part of his life.

I liked the raw edge that’s found on the songs that make up The Sun Harmonic’s latest release, ‘Season.’

For those you into a heavier sound Kaleb is already working hard on his next (10th) release that his press material says will be his, ‘loudest rock record to date!
- C.W. Ross Music Blog

"SCENE Magazine Review"

The Sun Harmonic is Kaleb Hikele, a singer-songwriter with roots here in the London area as a member of the screamo-punk band Far From Freedom and the alt-rock outfit, The Capitol. This, his fourth CD release, is the first under the “Sun Harmonic” moniker. Perhaps influenced by The Great Lake Swimmers, another act with regional roots, Kaleb has recorded the CD live off the floor in a restored church and on a hillside in the country. The CD’s nine tracks stay true to this pastoral setting; quiet folk rock, though you can still hear Kaleb's screamo roots in his delivery. Even tracks like ‘Oh The Flame Burns’, which has string overdubs, have a certain sparseness which adds to the reflective feel of the CD. – Dave Clarke Performance: B+/Production: B - Dave Clarke at SCENE Magazine, London ON

"Rising Music Talent"

"Kaleb Hikele is a singer/songwriter, and classically trained pianist. A graduate of Parside Collegiate Institute in St Thomas, Ontario, he's now attending Seneca College in Toronto to study an elite independent music production program. Kaleb's songs are filled with passion and driven by his robust piano and guitar playing. His music ranges in style from singer/songwriter and alternative rock, to experimental.

His songs are much more then just mere words put to music they're little snippets of life. For now Kaleb is playing all of the instrumentation found in his songs but hopes to have a backing band in place soon. Visit his MySpace site to hear samples of his music and learn more about this musician who's poised to climb up the music ladder."
- C.W. Ross, senior writer at "The Indie Music Stop"

"The Indie Music Stop CD Review"

Artist: The Sun Harmonic
Title: The Sun Harmonic
Style: Singer Songwriter
Rating: 8.3 out of 10
By Senior Writer C.W. Ross

Kaleb Hikele is a singer songwriter musician from Toronto who in the past was part of the bands, Far From Freedom (screamo/ punk-rock), and The Capital (alt. rock trio). Kaleb has also released several solo albums, but this is his first release under his new stage moniker of The Sun Harmonic.

What you'll find on this release is a collection of 9 songs that Kaleb wrote that are mostly singer songwriter in style with just a light touch of an alternative rock sound that can also be found on it.

Kaleb, who also produced the release, went for a raw edge on the recording being careful to not over produce the music. The recording took place at a restored church that was turned into a recording studio located in the countryside.

Right from track-1, "On A Blank Sheet," you can feel a real passion that's heard in Kaleb's vocals. The song also starts out with a 1 minute acoustic guitar intro that sets the mode perfectly for the song.

Other notable tracks include, "Oh, the Flame Burns," that features a rich sound thanks to its cello and saxophone parts.

For me the release went a little bit off course with the transition between tracks 5 & 6. When track-5 ends and before track-6 gets started you'll first hear about 20 seconds of nothing then a piano starts to play for approximately 4 minutes. This part of the release is labeled as the, 'Intermission.' While this idea gets points for being inventive it really broke the flow of the release up since all of the other tracks flow seamlessly together.

After that little hiccup though things got right back on track with the remaining several tracks ending up with, “Simple Thing,” featuring whistling and "The Last," a song filled with a piano lead part and very heavy drum beats that alternates between soft and loud moments.

This release offers up a nice collection of songs that push the singer songwriter envelope in a good direction. - C.W. Ross from Indie Music Stop

"Local artist releases fourth CD"

It takes a mix of talents to make a record and break into the music scene. Kaleb Hikele shows he has what it takes. On his latest release- The Sun Harmonic- the St.Thomas native wrote all the music and lyrics, performed the guitar parts and vocals, and then crafted the entire album as producer and sound engineer. But this isn't merely technical wizardry. In many places, the album has an intimate feel of live performance. He achieves this by recording "live off the floor" singing and playing all at once, instead of recording parts separately. As Kaleb says, his intention was to "create an honest and raw recording through an undoubtedly intimate performance", which he achieves with clarity.
After singing and songwriting in local St.Thomas bands, Kaleb studied music production at Seneca College. With experience playing notable Toronto clubs like the Rivoli, the Horseshoe Tavern and the El Mocambo, this emerging young artist works his technical magic with other artists and in his own creative projects.
The full length album, which is also a name he uses when performning, has bene released independently, selling online and at live shows.
Kaleb celebrates the release at a party and performance on Saturday, August 1st at the London Music Club, 470 Colborne Street. Doors open at 9 PM. - St.Thomas Super Shopper

""The X Factor""

"Kaleb Hikele is a rarity now a days, powerful singer, great songs and excudes confidence beyond his years!
This is the one to watch for.....When people talk about having the X factor, he has it and then some more"
Dante Morra
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"Music Vice Review= The Sun Harmonic- Chemistry"

Title: Chemistry
Artist: The Sun Harmonic
Label: Truth In Records
Released: 11 May 2010
In one word: Chilled
I’ll come straight out and say this isn’t necessarily my kind of “thing”, but if you like your music super-chilled, emotional without being too overwrought, easy-listening without plumbing the depths of the dreaded “muzak” (aka “elevator music”), then you could go far more awry than with this album. Pleasant enough, if not exactly demanding of one’s full attention, this is smooth-sailing background-y stuff which – while the skies aren’t completely devoid of the occasional dark cloud – certainly never moves into full-tilt “gloomy” territory. Sure there’s a couple of more intense, rockier moments, but 90% of this record is delicate vocals and lightly strummed acoustic guitars…though it’s with great relief that I opine that the spirit of the music is ultimately closer to the lighter side of, say, Death Cab For Cutie than it is to the whiny warblings of sensitive new-age twats like Jack Johnson and his ilk.
If this sounds like your “thing” – and I really don’t feel the need to go into any more detail herein, or see any point in analysing individual tracks on an album which has such a defiantly consistent mood – then definitely check it out. Hell, chances are even I’ll put it on once in a blue moon, and believe me, the sound of constant acoustic strumming is usually anathema to my ears. If I want to be emotionally blown away I’ll put on a Coldplay album (sorry, I’m a fan), but for those more middling kinda moods this is just the ticket, really.
Written, performed and produced by Toronto musician Kaleb Hikele as The Sun Harmonic, this is the musical equivalent of a nice, soothing “joint” just before bedtime, for the peace-lovin’ hippie (hopefully) lurking somewhere inside every one of us.
© Michael Bowser, Music Vice - Music Vice

"The Indie Music Stop Review= Chemistry"

Kaleb Hikele (The Sun Harmonic)
Singer Songwriter/ Acoustic Folk/ Alt Rock
By C.W. Ross

Kaleb Hikele aka ‘The Sun Harmonic’ is a Toronto, Canada independent solo artist. I first heard of Kaleb when he contacted me about reviewing his, ‘The Sun Harmonic’ album. While his music is based on singer songwriter in style Kaleb also pulls on some of his past experiences playing in alt. rock bands.

‘Chemistry’ is his 5th solo release and 8th overall. You get to hear exactly what he wanted you to hear on it since he handled just about every job related to the recording of this album from writing and performing all of the songs and playing the instruments to producing and engineering it.

Besides performing Hikele’s other interest is as an aspiring sound engineer and music producer. In 2009 he built a recording studio in downtown Toronto named The Townhouse Recording Facility & Sound Studio where four Indie releases have been recorded at already including his new album, ‘Chemistry’.

There are ten tracks that make up this release some of my favorites are, “As You Will”, a melodic folk / roots rock track filled with harmonica sounds. “Ready to Flood”, offers up a nice arrangement that features several tempo changes in it. “If I Fall”, a song filled with passionate vocals, along with nice piano, guitar, and drum parts. The last track I want to talk about is the singer songwriter track, “All You Need”, that last a little bit over 6 minutes and offers up nice guitar and organ parts on it.

With his latest release, ‘Chemistry’ Kaleb Hikele continues to progress and grow, showing that there’s a bright musical future ahead for him. - C.W. Ross at The Indie Music Stop


The Sun Harmonic discography:

Coast to Coast (LP, 2021)
It's All Okay, Thanks To You (EP, 2020)
A Heart So Heavy / In The Forest (7" single 2019)
Winter (double LP, 2017)
The Sun with Heart Strings (Live EP, 2016)
After We Fly (2015 LP)
The Eight of Hearts (2013 EP)
Season (2010 LP)
Chemistry (2010 LP)
The Sun Harmonic (self-titled, 2009)

with King Snake Crawl: self titled EP, 2016

with The Broadview Band: Love Is Gone Away (2012 LP)

Kaleb Hikele solo records:
At Home in The Townhouse (acoustic EP, 2019)
Hikele (2007 LP)



The Sun Harmonic is a Canadian folk-rock act, originating from the pseudonym of singer-songwriter and prolific recording artist Kaleb Hikele. He has released the fifth Sun Harmonic studio album and his tenth independent record; Coast to Coast is a folk album composed of songs that were recorded in studios all across Canada, from Vancouver Island to Halifax.

Kaleb has self-produced original music from his home recording studio since 2007, with a vast catalogue of side projects and ambitious concept albums. The release of 'It's All Okay, Thanks to You', an EP released one month into the pandemic, successfully spun on satellite radio across North America for eight months straight during pandemic lockdowns. The Sun Harmonic has drawn the attention of SiriusXM, CBC Radio, Canadian Musician Magazine, while recently receiving accolades from Record Store Day and Canada's Walk of Fame. Two new studio albums are in the works, one solo folk album and the band's new rock record, coming in 2023.

Band Members