Review: Hector Gannett – `Into The Deep EP` (2021)


Hector Gannet is both a solo project and a band, led by singer songwriter Aaron Duff. In the band scenario he has enlisted the help of Martin Wann on guitar, Joe Cody on bass and Jack Coe on drums. They have supported the likes of Sam Fender, Tom Williams, The Felice Brothers, and Hollis Brown. Their debut album “Big Harcar”, named after a small, rugged island off the Northeast coast of England came out last October.

The band are committed to highlighting environmental concerns and release a four track extended play which features new tracks, a live track and collaborations with some artists and organisations who have those same interests at heart.

This extended play opens with `Into The Deep` (Lanterns Radio edit) which was mixed by Paul Gregory of Lanterns On The Lake. It`s a song where we’re reminded of the consequences of damaging the oceans and wildlife within. Lanterns on the Lake`s Hazel Wilde adds her presence as guest vocalist and a foil to Aaron. A quite atmospheric offering which sees both vocalists styles blending together to really complement each other.

‘The Silent Spring’ is a new track and opens with some recorded birdsong and reflects further on the irresponsibility of those in power. The lyrics are quite poetic and profound. I thought Aaron`s North-Eastern dialect added a certain other dimension to this wonderfully heartfelt offering.

‘Tower On The Hill’ is a live take of another brand new track. It`s a stripped back acoustic number with just a strummed guitar and Aaron`s searching vocals recorded at Karma Coast. We close out with `Into The Deep (ELBL – Black Rainbows mix) ` an extended ethereal version of the opening song which runs at around the eight minute mark but certainly doesn`t feel it. This mesmerising piece does erupt into life for the last two minutes with the band given full reign.

This was a thoroughly absorbing release which highlights ecological concerns that affect us all. These difficult issues are emphasised and addressed in a thoughtful way and not in a holier than thou preachy manner, which to me is far more effective. This release highlights not only environmental concerns but also supports groups and organisations that are practically engaging in endeavours to address them. A cause worthy of all our support. 

Rating 9 /10 

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