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Allan Rayman: Word Of Mouth

Buzzing with his Juno nomination as Breakthrough Artist of the Year, the Toronto-based singer/songwriter premieres a video for his latest cut. The song is a fresh and tasty hybrid of R&B and rock sounds paired with Rayman's gritty and grunge-inflected vocals.

Allan Rayman: Word Of Mouth

By Kerry Doole

Allan Rayman - "Word Of Mouth" (Communion Records/Universal Music Canada): In an unobtrusive, under the radar fashion, this Toronto singer/songwriter has begun to have a real impact. He recently received a Juno Award nomination as Breakthrough Artist of the Year, and such numbers as 70 Million+ streams on digital platforms and high viewing counts for his videos have made the industry take notice.


2017's R&B-leaning full-length Roadhouse 01 (his second album) has broken through, and a 35 date tour last fall featured sold out dates throughout the US, Canada and Europe at venues like Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, The Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, Warsaw in New York City, and Omeara in London.

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He released a new EP, Courtney, in November, further fuelling the momentum. "Word Of Mouth" is one of its focus cuts, and a video clip for it premiered last week. Directed by Steph Verschuren, and conceptualized by Rayman, the on-the-road video was shot on his tour with wow scenes taken in the US desert states and Europe.

"Word Of Mouth" showcases Rayman's intriguingly eclectic sound. There's an R&B feel in the groove, while his gritty and soulful vocals have a grunge-like quality. Add in some resonant electric guitar and you have a hybrid that is hard to define but easy to enjoy.

Early promo campaigns for Rayman portrayed him as an elusive man of mystery. When he finally broke his media silence a year ago in a Billboard interview, he modestly claimed "I’m a pretty average dude with a pretty boring story... I'm not going to wow you with my background."

He is wowing us with his music though, and it makes him into a genuine contender.

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Joey Martinez

Neil Young & Crazy Horse

Rock

Neil Young's New Album 'FU##IN' UP' Has Live Recordings from Intimate Toronto Venue The Rivoli

FU##IN' UP, the new album by Neil Young & Crazy Horse, features performances of songs from his 1990 album Ragged Glory, recorded live at Toronto's Rivoli, seemingly during a much-rumoured secret show last November. He'll bring his upcoming tour to Toronto's Budweiser Stage in May, 2024.

Canadian icon Neil Young is adding to his immense discography with a new release this spring, a live album titled FU##IN UP'. The album, featuring Young's longtime band Crazy Horse, consists of nine live recordings from 2023 and is set for a limited edition two-LP release this April, in partnership with Record Store Day. According to the album's credits as noticed by Exclaim!, it was recorded at Toronto's Rivoli club, meaning it likely captures Neil Young & Crazy Horse's secret show at the Rivoli last November.

At that show — supposedly a private birthday party for Canada Goose CEO Dani Reiss — according to reports that generated a lot of buzz when they appeared online days later, Young performed most of his 1990 album Ragged Glory. FU##IN' UP features primarily songs from Ragged Glory, with new titles taken from lyric fragments. ("Over and Over," shared as a single, is now "Broken Circle.") The album features performances from Crazy Horse members Billy Talbot on bass, Ralph Molina on drums, and Nils Lofgren and Micah Nelson on guitar and piano, and Reiss is credited as a presenter.

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