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An intimate, sincere and diverse release from Cary, providing a contemplative, at times pensive and plaintive, folky narrative. Enjoyable and thought-provoking, these songs speak right to your heart. If you like British singer-songwriter folk of a certain vintage, John Martyn, Ralph McTell and Nick Drake, you will hear the very clear influences herein.

"Blue Rain" album review...

Vancouver based singer-songwriter Cary Heuchert is well known on Facebook for his keen insights into progressive rock history. Like many musicologists, Cary is also a gifted recording artist in his own right. On his CD debut, entitled Blue RainCary Heuchert delves deep into the archetypes of rock and pop music and provides a fascinating assortment of folk-rock, psych-pop and progressive rock sounds of his own design. Blue Rain is self-produced and, while it may be more Emitt Rhodes than Paul McCartney, it’s Cary's songs that will have you coming back for seconds and thirds. One track here called “Maoershan” is very much in the Mike Pinder tradition of mellotron styled instrumental music. Speaking to mwe3.com about the wide variety of folk-rock meets progressive rock sounds on Blue Rain, Cary explains, "Yes, it started off as folk-rock, but in a progressive way, because I realized early that I wanted each song to be a little different and show diversity. I've always admired artists who were diverse. The Beatles perhaps started this trend and opened the doors and inspired other groups like Pink Floyd, Spirit, Traffic, Family and others. Bands which you couldn't classify so easily..." The tracks on Blue Rain vary widely from track to track, but there’s a cutting edge sounding early Traffic meets Nick Drake kind of approach here. A very cool album by a rising artist with a lot to offer, Cary Heuchert's Blue Rain is a fascinating look and listen into the art of 21st century progressive music. www.oddiyorecords.com www.cdbaby.com

"A masterpiece of lo-fi progressive, psych-pop, "Blue Rain" establishes Cary Heuchert on the cutting edge of 21st century music." - mwe3.com


Canadian singer/songwriter Cary Heuchert is re-releasing his 2014 album "Blue Rain" with new liner notes and a brand new song "Mirror Of Dreams/Nightwish." The original 10-track album displays Cary's amazing songwriting ability as his acoustic-based psych-folk-pop sound allows you to follow his words while the music relaxes your mind as in "Every Morning Comes." He adds a middle-eastern rhythm to "The Girl Of Dreams" and finds the perfect blend of adult contemporary pop to the soft rock of "Rainfall." His original album finishes up with the acoustic folk ballad "Someday" and the psychedelic feel of "Ode To The Sun." The new bonus track, "Mirror Of Dreams/Nightwish" has a classical backdrop as Cary gentle delivers his storied lyrics. To find out more about Cary Heuchert and his latest release "Blue Rain," please visit oddiyorecords.com.

Review Summary: An excellent musical overview of late Sixties, early Seventies psychedelic/progressive folk.


They like their psychedelia/progressive rock over in Vancouver. All those psychedelic/pop licks of The New Pornographers, and one of their predecessors, Zumpano, and more recently Grateful Dead inspired Ponytails. And then there’s a guy from Vancouver that, judging by his posts on Facebook, seems to be a living encyclopedia of psych-folk and progressive folk. No wonder then that Blue Rain, his self-produced debut album sounds exactly like one, particularly the British side of things.
Syd Barret, Nick Drake, Incredible String Band, Moody Blues and quite a few others seem to be completely set in Heuchert’s musical subconsciousness. But, his songwriting and arrangements are better for it. Heuchert seems to have absorbed the sounds he loves completely and that he has made a seamless flowing whole out of them. From the moment the Nick Drake inflected title song opens the album it is obvious where Heuchert is coming from - he’s dreaming (actually, three songs here have dream in their title, and they are among the standouts) of those late Sixties times when psychedelia is turning into progressive music and all the disparate musical elements were able to find their rightful place. 
Heuchert’s arrangements work, particularly on “The Girl of Your Dreams (shades of Incredible String Band) or Moody Blues inspired mellotron sounds of “Maoershan” or the simple acoustic “Someday”, that could be a perfect fit for one of those two Syd Barrett albums. Although there’s not much wrong with his production, he could have used some help on recording and producing the drums on a few tracks, like “Rainfall” and “Ode to the Sun”, each of which still has merits that do not really bring them down - “Rainfall” has a great melody reminiscent of those by former XTC stalwart Colin Moulding and “Ode to the Sun” rises above the clunky drumming with its brass and organ arrangement.
Heuchert first issued this album in 2014 and unfortunately, it did not register much, so he decided to reissue it, adding the medley “Mirror of Dreams - Nightbreak”, which actually exemplifies all the good music elements he has in himself. Hopefully, this time around, at least psych/prog/folk fans should take more notice.