It took just a few weeks, however after a prolonged search, I used to be capable of finding one Memphian who’d by no means heard of Graham Winchester or the numerous bands wherein he performs (Jack Oblivian & the Sheiks, the MD’s, the Turnstyles, and, each every now and then, the Tennessee Screamers, to call however just a few). Everybody else is aware of him as one of many hardest working gamers on the native scene, an indefatigable presence on social media, and an throughout good man. But, maybe as a result of he performs in so many noteworthy bands, not as many are conversant in his solo work.
That would change along with his most up-to-date releases, particularly the one launched on Madjack Data this March, “I will Be the One” b/w “Individuals.” Not like the raunch ‘n’ roll purveyed by Jack Oblivian, this solo launch is unabashedly happy-go-lucky pop. The A-side, for instance, actually seems like an A-side, and will make for a possible hit if this was the 60s or the 80s. (Or perhaps now, what do I do know?)
The custom of energy pop on this metropolis is a wealthy one, even when it is generally overshadowed by the blues, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll. Winchester’s bouncy tackle a declaration of affection would match proper in on an album by Good Query, the group began by native pop-meister Van Duren within the early 80s. Giving it that additional 80s shimmer are some tasty synth licks which are nestled within the guitar-driven observe.
The flipside mixes a slower bounce with a hint of poignancy, as Winchester croons about humanity in a extra wistful method, like a cross between Herman’s Hermits and the Kinks. The hotter, extra conventional sounds of piano and organ dominate this one, in step with its earlier touchstones, and in a manner it is extra affecting than the A-side. The additional contact of vulnerability attracts you in.
Winchester is nothing if not prolific, and there are newer releases to be heard as effectively. Whereas the aforementioned tracks are on a bodily launch, the brand new tracks on Bandcamp are clearly post-coronavirus, solo excursions on acoustic guitar. Each “Fortune Favors the Daring” and “I will Be Unhappy With You” go a good distance in demonstrating Winchester’s eclecticism, exuding a mellow people melancholy that’s particularly cathartic in these quarantined days. “Fortune” is particularly transferring, a portrait of a spurned lover blindsided by rejection and striving to make sense of all of it. Musically, it is extra venturesome as effectively, dipping into some fascinating dissonance within the coda that provides additional shadows to the temper.
Winchester has been forward of the live-streaming curve since shelter-in-place started, and that could be the proper place to listen to these songs within the context of his wide-ranging songwriting chops. As an everyman singer with a stressed creativeness, there is not any telling the place he is headed subsequent.