So if I had to guess, I would assume that Hal Guitarist is not only a talented musician but after evaluating the style in which he writes his lyrics, I’d say he’s a poet as well; or maybe he’s a poet and doesn’t know it! Regardless, I have found poetry in all four tracks from Hal’s latest EP entitled HALaska. Here’s a quick example of what I am talking about, from the song “Thrown Of Lies”:
“I walk across the step less stair
And wonder aloud if I should even care
I listen to the wingless crow
Asking me as if I’m supposed to know”
See what I am saying? It’s a song and a poem, it’s a hybrid.
One may also assume that there is a hint of Bob Dylan influence in Hal’s music, you hear it slightly in his voice and the harmonica helps draw you closer to this conclusion as well. Who knows? I didn’t ask. Perhaps Hal thinks Dylan is an overrated schmuck and how dare I even use his name in the same sentence. Well I’ll apologize in advance if this is the case after all Dylan is not the only folk-singer to walk the earth, now is he? I digress.
Stand out tracks:
“Bowling Green Massacre” loosely interprets a dream that Hal has about a disaster that may or may not have occurred in a place that might as well have been Sweden, Atlanta or Bowling Green while in route train-bound to Memphis or New Orleans. One thing is for certain the lyrics are as confusing as a real-life dream which leads me to believe that this may have actually been a dream that Hal actually had. More speculation but that’s what I do.
“Delusional Fools” is the song I find I will listen to the most on this EP and the reason is simple, it reminds me of a song that you will hear as the final credits roll at the end of a film that leaves you wondering and wanting more. Just as this EP will leave you.
Bonus: “Shock and Awe (59 Missiles)” This is obviously a song about Trump’s recent military action in Syria, so because it’s about current events we decided to post it below.
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1. The Dancer
2. Throne of Lies
3.Bowling Green Massacre
4. Delusional Fools
And if you download it today, you get a special bonus track, “Shock and Awe (59 Missiles).”