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Review: 'CHEW, HANS'
'Open Sea'   

-  Label: 'At The Helm Records'
-  Genre: 'Alt/Country' -  Release Date: '1st December 2017'-  Catalogue No: 'ATH197519'

Our Rating:
Hans Chew's 4th studio album contains just six songs but nevertheless has a playing time of 41 minutes.

His introspective songs are stretched out to up to nine minutes, turning acid folk tunes into indulgent 60s/70s style jams influenced by artists like Neil Young & Crazy Horse and the Grateful Dead.

All this meandering mysticism identifies Chew as a rambling man, an old-fashioned troubadour whose journeys have taken him through Tennessee, Georgia, New Orleans and East Harlem.

On previous albums he mainly played piano but now he's picked up a guitar and indulges himself dueling with long-time collaborator Dave Cavallo.

For the open sea (a pun on the open C tuning learned off Michael Chapman) read the open road. The quest to make dreams into a meaningful reality is what drives these tunes but he spends an inordinate amount of time saying nothing particularly new.

The only real mystery lies in the grammatically challenged track title Who Am Your Love?; the rest can be classified as predictable drifting songs for drifters.

Hans Chew's website
  author: Martin Raybould

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CHEW, HANS - Open Sea