New Music Critiques: Johnny Stanec

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Contact: [email protected] 

Web: johnnystanec.com
Seeking: Booking, Film/TV
Style: Folk/Americana

“It’s All Bittersweet” is an exciting call to arms on Johnny Stanec’s new full-length A Linear History, a vulnerable collection from a rising folk figure. The Youngstown, OH singer-songwriter addresses loneliness, lost time, love, death and hope (all of which are perfectly encapsulated in album closer “A Light Ahead”), singing from his soul, while speaking to the greater human condition. The Decemberists and Fleet Foxes come to mind when appreciating the ambient indie treatment on the tracks. Plenty of standouts: “Shine On” is stunning, “In the Dark, In the Clouds, In the Rain” was our favorite, a solid ballad that is moving from the first chords. Americana fans should take note.