Renowned Bronx singer/songwriter Ari Hest, is out with his first full-length studio album in four years, Sunset Over Hope Street, March 1st through Mercer Street Records. Take an advance listen to “How Would I Know,” a track from Sunset Over Hope Street.
You can win an autographed copy of Sunset Over Hope Street by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweeting me. The deadline is 11:59PM, Monday, February 28th. A winner will be chosen at random, announced on my Twitter page and here on Country Chorus and have their own copy of Sunset Over Hope Street autographed by Ari mailed to them on March 1st. Entries are limited to North America.
Ari is full of stories to tell and songs and melodies that speak straight to his audience, with influences ranging from the Smashing Pumpkins and Tears for Fears, to Nirvana and Paul Simon he draws from a wide repertoire of inspirations. Sunset Over Hope Street is a slight departure from Ari’s previous work. On the album, Ari experiments with piano, interchanging focus between keys and guitar – resulting in an album vibrant with dynamic and compelling melodies brought home through Ari’s emotional appeal in each track. I will have a full review of the album out soon before its release.
After releasing The Break-In on Columbia Records in 2007, Ari decided it was time to take more creative control over his music and parted ways with his label. Utilizing all the technology available to him, in 2008 he launched his highly successful 52 project, a web based subscription service that found him writing, recording, and releasing a new song every Monday for an entire year. For those keeping track, that’s 52 new songs in 52 weeks! Performing Songwriter called these songs “high-caliber and heartfelt.” At the end of the year, the subscribers were asked to vote for their 12 favorite songs from the project and the ones that got the most votes were then reworked and digitally released in the form of the album Twelve Mondays in early 2009.
52 helped Ari explore different genres and experiment with new instrumentation. And even with 40 unreleased songs under his belt after the release of Twelve Mondays, Ari kept on writing and experimenting. The end result, Sunset Over Hope Street, is a slight departure from his previous work. Ari expressed his self-challenging nature by taking his guitar parts and seeing if another lead instrument, like a piano, could take the guitar’s place. The album is also awash with a variety of string arrangements and unique percussion parts.
And if you want to experience live what the The Boston Globe calls, “A prolific songwriter and a captivating live performer,” Ari also has a tour kicking off February 26th in Hamden, CT, with dates to follow across the United States.
For those who want to be sure to get the album right when it comes out, purchase Sunset Over Hope Street, out March 1st. http://www.ariheststore.com/