Leo Harmonay is a hot running Blues/Folk based artist who resides from the New York area. His latest CD was released in 2015 is entitled “Somewhere over the Hudson.”
Nowadays making music is so accessible to anyone and being that we have the do it yourself attitude, it just makes sense. Most bands don’t want to sit around just waiting for someone to make our dreams come true, they are doing it themselves. This latest album by Harmonay is a somewhat boldly honest statement, at times will cause you to reflect on life itself. The album that captures the pure essence of Classic Rock, Blues, Americana and even Americana Gospel at its best. All 5 tracks provide an intensely exhilarating experience that can tingle the senses into submission. In this aspect I think I get Harmonay. If you’re looking for a sappy love record this may not be for you. If you’re looking for swampy Blues like from Buddy Guy – again not for you. If you are looking for something in between – it’s the perfect record for you. The frontal core of Harmonay (who also plays guitar) is backed by some very capable players. Harmonay delivers middle ground between mostly satirically humor laced music and a few painfully honest yet lighthearted songs. The first 2 tracks (Colors) and (Dark Sunday Grey) are gentle pieces. I guess the closest artist I would compare him to would be William Fitzsimmons. But I can also hear Ray Lamontagne, Ryan Adams, Forest Son and Joshua Radin with a deep baritone that reminds of Hank Williams Jr and Johnny Cash with more soul. Harmonay and his band sat times harmonize well together and his guitar playing and voice (especially paired with his musical personality is a bit magical.) No other song shows this more than (Rocks at Your Feet)
Some feel music is a way to buzz the senses during any activity i/e concerts, clubs, dancing, exercising, getting drunk, all of the above and more – you get it. Some want to hear about love while other listeners want to go deeper and darker. From one of their more serious tracks (We Are Two), to more spicy (The Dancer) to more emotional (I Want You to Be My Love) to earthy (Currents) any music fan can find something they would enjoy in this mixture of superlative songs. My favorite track is (This Train).
Leo Harmonay offers an ample listening environment on “Somewhere Over the Hudson” with a spirited, rough and tumble sound that will appeal too many. I feel it will encourage the listener to delve in life’s ride, no matter what the circumstances. I might add Harmonay has other albums to his credit. Leo Harmonay’s energetic, stimulating sound can be appreciated by anyone that enjoys music, even those who typically may not enjoy one particular style. I enjoyed this album sitting on my couch on full blast, with eyes closed eager to see where the musical journey took me .To be honest I had a few beers as well. This sounds so simple but it’s in this setting Leo Harmonay will work magic on your senses.
by Daniel McPhee