Ditties From Down Under: Hayden Calnin – For My Help

January 07. 2014 | By Augustus Welby


“For My Help,” taken from Hayden Calnin’s debut EP City, harkens towards the heart-purging work of folks such as Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, and Antony Hegarty. Earnest vocal yearning sits atop spare synthesized instrumentation and a requisite rolling floor tom-to-snare motif. Calnin can certainly sing and the song seems to be emotionally driven. However, at this early stage in his career stage he”s more nbso online casino reviews a skilled appropriator than a fully-figured songsmith. “For My Help” edges toward being actually emotive, but the point where Calnin’s influences end and his own ideas begin remains inscrutable.

All intellectualizing aside, Calnin proves he can competently execute a none-too-easy gutsy vocal and ultimately provides a stimulating listen that’s likely to please fans of similar Aussie acts Matt Corby and Oliver Tank.

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