Album Review: Samuel Alty – Hammering Nails Into The Sky

After much hard work, Wroclaw based singer-songwriter Samuel Alty has finished his debut album ‘Hammering Nails Into The Sky’.

The album, which is released on Thursday, is a carefully crafted tapestry of songs that offer an unusually rich mixture of musical styles ranging from folk, choral, pop, beatbox, finger style and African djembe.

The LP is bursting with optimism and good vibes while at the same time addressing some important issues such as being away, questioning values, getting on in life and of course love.

Alty’s strong, yet calm and distinctive vocals keep the music well-balanced and act as the reaffirming, confident seam that holds this collection of ‘songs with stories’ together. Each song has its own message while also demonstrating the art of successful, catchy melody making.

The musical approach on this album is to create variety with relatively few instruments – in fact in most songs there is simply guitar and vocals; yet, Alty – an innovative New Zealander – finds interesting ways to add some neat finishing touches.

‘Hammering Nails into the sky’ is well worth a listen as it represents the true art of song-writing, innovation and a need to express our inner thoughts and concerns which is something that may be relevant to all of us.

This is a great first album, and its pleasing to see local artists like Samuel Alty get their music out there. Sam has a lot to offer and there will hopefully be more to come.

Samuel will be performing tracks from the album this Thursday at UFF Club at 8pm – entrance to the gig costs 15zl and the album will be available for purchase at the event. More info on the album and where to purchase it or stream it can be found on Samuel Alty's website.

Terry Clark-Ward

Terry has lived in Wroclaw since 2000 and has written and contributed to many published books as well as being the host and creator of Radio RAM’s English language show ‘Sunday Lunch’. He also works as a voice over artist and Television presenter of ‘5 o’ Clark’ on national TV channel ‘ATM Rozrywka’. His real passion, however, is writing for Wroclawuncut!

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