Before I listened to Sean Tobin’s latest release Winter (In an Ocean Town) I was under the firm impression that Glen Hansard was the best contemporary folk artist on the planet. My opinion was quickly changed after soaking up Tobin’s Americana Punk Folk sound. The limited amount of chord progressions didn’t hold Sean Tobin back from creating one of the most progressively pensive tracks I’ve ever heard. Tobin’s naturally organic voice has a way of drawing you into the melancholy which he projects through the microphone before uplifting you with the ethereal harmonies created by one man and his guitar.
Perhaps it’s the fact that I’ve experienced life in an ocean town why the track hit me like an absolute brick, but I’m sure the effect will be universal as fans drink in Sean’s empyreal sound which he perfected from travelling Europe and discovering his ancestral roots through music in Ireland.
Sean Tobin’s 2018 single Winter (In an Ocean Town) is now available to stream via Spotify.
Review by Amelia Vandergast