Paul Kloschinsky is a Folk Rock Singer Songwriter from Delta, BC, Canada. He won the 2007 MusicAid Award for Best Canadian Songwriter for my original song Wearin’ Blue. He just released my first album, Woodlands, February 24, 2009 on Prism/Universal in Canada. Paul Kloschinsky was born in Saskatchewan in 1963. He attended the University of British Columbia in the 1980’s and received a Bsc in Computer Science and an MD. After living and working across Canada he has returned to his hometown of Delta, BC, Canada. For me, one of the greatest things a music-lover can experiences is the discovery of a new artist so exciting, so invigorating it makes the listener want to “really” write about it. Though I don’t write reviews under false pretenses I will admit many times I find myself writing reviews based on music that is to say the least – extremely forgetful. Sometimes, such jewels are found “underground” rather than mainstream media, but then again, that’s just one of the reasons why the indie scene can be so fascinating and exciting a t the same time. Case in point it’s a stage designed for creative people, a platform to let their art be seen, and in this case heard.
Enter DIY composer Paul Kloschinsky who writes us catchy, well-crafted songs with lyrics that connect with the good in everyone. His latest album: ”Better Late Than Never” shows a flair for combining these with ’70s indie guitar, drums and a love of Americana. The result? 10 songs that stay with you long after the first listen. It’s a fact that some artists have been around for a while bit nonetheless exist beneath our radar screens. Kloschinsky is one of these artists but up to now – no longer beneath the radar screens. This is not his first rodeo either. This collection contains 10 amazing tracks. So how would I describe this CD? It’s a supernova of positive passion and sound exploding into your soul, a game changer in a world that needs a new musical direction. The charismatic persona and rugged look of Kloschinsky is bit of a one man band type composer like Beck. To me this is kind of a conceptual record, inviting a listener to experience and relate to the depths and levity of the restless soul with traces of Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Dylan, Bread, John Denver, Bruce Springsteen and even Elvis Costello. These latest string of songs present an amazing blend of Classic Acoustic Rock, Pop, with Americana Folk thrown in. On the other side of the sonic spectrum I can even hear sing songy 70’s Pop/Rock. On the first few tracks “Across the Sea’, “title track, and “When Dawn Breaks Through the Night” Kloschinsky displays a spot on mixture of all of the above styles. His voice coupled with his impressive songwriters touch is really the pinnacle of it all. Kloschinsky’s singing – soulful and magical and he feels comfortable in his own skin behind the mic to me.
“Better Late Than Never” has a special melodic element to it combining Americana-Folk fretwork, well placed harmonies, a guitar-driven 70’s Pop-Folk rock-influenced beat that evolves perfectly as the CD advances. I especially like the merge of classic keyboard accents, drums with an amazing 70’s -80’s rocking feel. Why do I say this? Well because al songs are easy to dance to. Enter in the impressive work from Kloschinsky meshed with the clever lyrics you have the perfect setting for a breathtaking musical experience.
Score: 3/5 Stars