‘Seeds of Evergreen’ from Domenic DeCicco - inventive, pluralistic, expressive and diverse(February 27, 2015)
‘Seeds of Evergreen’ from singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Domenic DeCicco is not an easy album to categorise, nor should you bother. Take it just as it comes. Embrace its eclecticism. In short, go with the flow. Overtures of acoustic folk mix effortlessly with softly expressive jazz, dig deeper and touches of country are hiding there too, as is a miasma of roots influences from across the globe. Inventive, pluralistic, expressive and diverse – chose any of those or similar words to hang a label on ‘Seeds of Evergreen’ and without definite delineation you’re describing this music.
Originally from Canada, of Italian heritage and now ‘at home’ in the UK, DeCicco writes engaging lyrics, memorable melodies, and certainly knows his way around an array of stringed instruments. Sometimes, his early-sixties style phrasing evokes long-lost memories with the tone of a song so familiar it’s easy to think you’ve heard it before. And although I’m not given to comparing artists, a definite echo of a certain New Jersey-born, Hungarian Jewish songwriter crops up more than once. That’s not criticism, it’s an observation that explains just how deeply this music strikes home. The songs strike at a visceral level – from opener, ‘Big Sky’ introducing DeCicco’s slightly husky, breathy vocal and throughout the track list, with songs such as ‘Seeds of Evergreen’, ‘The Circle’, ‘Forward Motion’ and ‘Living In America’ he maintains the feeling of subtly engrossing and serenely moving music. Hovering at the close, there’s two instrumentals ‘A Quiet Night’ and the haunting ‘Sisters’. This is an album that could easily become part of your regular playlist. Find more here: www.reverbnation.com/domenicdecicco
On ‘Seeds of Evergreen’ Domenic DeCicco handles (vocals, guitars, bass, mandolin, Laouto, flutes and winds, keys percussion, drums) the album also features Chris Hurn (cello) Robin Rhind (Hammond organ) Paul Sax (violin) and on selected tracks Delagh King and Richard Kennedy (vocals) Amanda Easton (vocals, tam) Dave Sturt and Mal Darwen (bass) and Tom Pepler (drums).
Reviewer: Tim Carroll