On the Horizon: Bluesy Night Rider, Zachary Cale.

On the Horizon: Bluesy Night Rider, Zachary Cale.

Every once in a while you stumble upon something that stops you in your tracks, makes you retrace the trails you make throughout the world wide web, and reconsider things a while. And when I this morning found myself caught up on Enon, Louisiana’s Zachary Cale, all of the above came upon me. For despite having diligently compiled a subduedly lionised back catalogue over going on a decade, Cale is still a relative unknown. He this month releases his latest, entitled Blue Rider, that hears the nomadic cavalier and adopted New Yorker himself adapt to a genuinely innovatory Americana timbre which, if there’s any justice in this www., will see his stock rise and his status drift away from merely the rich preserve of his albeit vocal compeers…

It’s a genre that, much like the country after which it was named, has gorged on all too much mediocrity for far too long, thus ensuring the likes of Cale can harbour little hope of finding their livelihoods on the receiving end of the recognition they so patently merit. Though Hold Fast, a nervy ditty that flits niftily between slimy minor key snide and surging, majorly rousing grandiosity with dogged guile, is an absolute beauty to anyone able to behold it. ”Well, the past is still the past; you can visit any time” figures Cale, his careworn tone a cosmically tinted conflation of Luke Steele (circa The Sleepy Jackson’s Lovers), Neil Young and Ryan Adams, and we can but hope his legacy isn’t one that goes duly neglected until it’s all too late.

Zachary Cale’s Bandcamp.

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