Theo Eastwind is a talent NYC songwriter, whom—according
to lore (and Eastwind’s press kit) Johnny Cash
told “You’re going places.” The
Man in Black was an astute observer of talent, of course,
and Eastwind proves it on his new album, The O,
which, I didn’t realize until now was Eastwind’s
proper name (I was thinking something more orgasmic…).
Nearly every one of these songs is compelling in its
own right, and though their styles vary, the bulk of
the tunes carry a cool, Jack Johnson-like aesthetic.
The recording and production is clean and bright, with
Eastwind’s vocals are thrust into the front of
the mix. His gravelly voice is rather captivating—usually
his singing evokes that of Dave Matthews, but a few
songs bring to mind the power ballad voice of Ozzy.
Lyrically, the songs are a cut above most of today’s
fare, and, musically, they’re far beyond.
Favorite Track: Track 9, “Smoke”