Armed with his acoustic handmade Takimine and vintage telecaster, Melvin Alan crafts immediate, appealing tunes filled with hooky choruses, great melodies, and pleasing vocals. The instrumentation is practical but flavoured with spice and dynamics. It’s precise without being mechanical and is full of colour. Overplaying is an ultimate faux pas for this artist, instead he focusses on groove, feel, and finesse. Meandering sections that create an underlying mood provide the undercurrent of his pieces.
Melvin Alan uses improvisation as his primary method of creating music. He commences with creating a rhythmic groove with one or two chords, from which his melodies emerge naturally. Often in the songwriting process and while improvising with abandonment, he reaches a heightened state of awareness and timelessness, where there is no limit to the possibilities. This unorthodox, yet thoroughly intriguing method is likely to lead to a complex and compelling musical evolution that is worth looking forward to.
The result of his current methodology is blissful, metaphysical tracks that transcend time. Heavily rooted in introspection, Melvin Alan’s sound examines life’s purpose through music. Songs chronicle stories of the human condition: its peaks and valleys, struggles and realisations. Other themes touched upon are paradox, separation, longing, joy, and most of all, the inner journey.
Perhaps it is Melvin Alan’s past experiences practicing yoga and his many travels to India that accounts for his mystical sound. He has performed in front of thousands in India at devotional celebrations. The setting and music make perfect sense- his songs full of mystic analogies and metaphors resonating with an audience yearning for knowledge and self realization.
Melvin Alan has 3 upcoming albums: "Wonderful Life", and its followup LP which will be released in mid 2018; and his "original" New York album produced by Grammy award winning Producer, Malcolm Burn and which will be released in late 2018, or early 2019.
Melvin Alan's music is a conduit that breathes and leaves space for the mind to pause and reflect, and perhaps reveal new doors of perception. As a former teacher and student of yoga, he has the skill and capability to impart his wisdom through his sound and lyrics. Yet one does not have to be seeking enlightenment or a heightened consciousness to appreciate his music. The clean melodies, hazy atmosphere, and gratifying vocals are uplifting to anyone and are easy to get lost in. Both comforting and entertaining, his sound caters to all ages and all walks of life. No matter who you are, it isn’t hard to appreciate the otherworldly positivity that Melvin Alan’s music imparts.
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