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EDITORS’ NOTES

Singer/songwriter Todd Hannigan’s bittersweet, spiritually informed brand of folk-rock takes on subtle colors on his third album, Further Than the Bow. The music from this Ojai, Calif.–based artist suggests the acoustic sides of Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler, with a strain of Nick Drake’s fragile moodiness. His work as a soundtrack composer (particularly for surfing films) may account for the evocative quality of the melodies and arrangements here. The plaintive pedal steel guitar and fluttering violin of “Submarine” and the chiming, string-like keyboard textures of “Friends” show the album’s attention to sonic detail. Hannigan’s own acoustic guitar work is elegant and easy-flowing, achieving a crystalline beauty on tracks like “Hearts Blue” and the title tune. His gently earnest vocal style is applied to painterly vignettes (“Rivers and Valleys”), yearning expressions of freedom (“Down the Line”), and dark, mystical visions (“End Times”). Further Than the Bow ends with “Kottke,” a tribute to guitar legend Leo Kottke animated by Hannigan’s deft fingerpicking touch.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Singer/songwriter Todd Hannigan’s bittersweet, spiritually informed brand of folk-rock takes on subtle colors on his third album, Further Than the Bow. The music from this Ojai, Calif.–based artist suggests the acoustic sides of Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler, with a strain of Nick Drake’s fragile moodiness. His work as a soundtrack composer (particularly for surfing films) may account for the evocative quality of the melodies and arrangements here. The plaintive pedal steel guitar and fluttering violin of “Submarine” and the chiming, string-like keyboard textures of “Friends” show the album’s attention to sonic detail. Hannigan’s own acoustic guitar work is elegant and easy-flowing, achieving a crystalline beauty on tracks like “Hearts Blue” and the title tune. His gently earnest vocal style is applied to painterly vignettes (“Rivers and Valleys”), yearning expressions of freedom (“Down the Line”), and dark, mystical visions (“End Times”). Further Than the Bow ends with “Kottke,” a tribute to guitar legend Leo Kottke animated by Hannigan’s deft fingerpicking touch.

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

7 Ratings

Great Find

crepuscular,

Todd Hannigan has been referred to as sounding as if he is influenced by Cat Stevens, Nick Drake, Donovan and, in my humble opinion, Harry Chapin. Those are large shoulders to stand on, and Mr. Hannigan, et al, does it with aplomb. But his style and music are very much his own and refreshingly unique. His voice is so naturally complementary to the melody of his song writing to almost consider it another instrument. This is a very well produced album with many musical "hooks" that keep my ears thoroughly engaged. "Further Than the Bow" is a masterpiece. "Friends" reminds me of a modern update to a classic late 60's/early 70's folk rock song. This is simply a great singer-songwriter effort and I am enjoying it even more that his previous album.

Amazing...

Chad Pierron,

It's been awhile since I've been excited about an album and this one did not disappoint. Every track is as good as the last. Great songwriter, best album yet

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