Kent Eastwood hails from Sydney Australia and occupies a pop folk sound that's unhurried even when picking up gravity. Through the Days is his first release but it sounds like it's his fifth, like someone who's been at it for a while and is completely at ease with the forte. Part of the credit for that goes to his accompanying trio, gents who know how to give him plenty of room yet still keep a firm presence. Eastwood handles the guitar, piano, and vocals, and at times seems to echo a bit of Gerry Rafferty, then David Wilcox, some Fogelberg, a little Jackson Browne, but mostly himself.
Victims of Neglect is a shimmering song of the pain of war and lies, and in it Eastwood draws himself up in strong resistance, arguing for the dignity of the society of man, a hopless unit tossed in a sea it can barely keep afloat in. The track possesses a grand symphonic aspect that also imbued much of Shawn Phillips' best material and stays long in the memory. Special Room, on the other hand, eventually builds up into his most powerful emotions, belted out with passion. Silence then demonstrates the pastoral substrate informing a good deal of the whole release, quiet and easy, as wide open as an azure afternoon and just as mellow, though it contains the oddest compositional drop-out I've ever heard.
Through the Days is an impressive first effort, deceptive for its virtues, qualities usually found in much more experienced hands and much more seasoned vets. Kent Eastwood is savvy well beyond what you'll expect but also carries a freshness which accounts for how well his music will slip through your defenses, disarming any possibility of resistance.
Edited by: David N. Pyles
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