Some artists make absolutely everything sound easy, and singer-songwriter Robert Lorayne is one of them. Also an accomplished guitarist, Lorayne has recently released his new album, Out of Nowhere. The album’s 10 tracks explore familiar themes—matters of the heart, including love, loss, and change—with forthright wisdom and awareness. Lorayne, who wrote the songs and music and produced the album, has a natural voice and original guitar style. The result is a clean sound that feels effortless and approachable, making this a great album you’ll want to listen to over and over again.
Several songs tackle the heartache of romantic relationships gone astray. In I’m on the Floor, his lyrics tell the story of an abrupt departure: You left me lying there on the floor, a cool breeze and a slamming door.” In contrast, Little Baby dishes up a tender, joyful message, “Oh little baby, you are everything to me. Oh little baby, you are everything I need.” The title song, Out of Nowhere, deals with the loss of one’s familiar surroundings, “I felt somewhere and never felt alone, out of nowhere, I looked around and you were gone.”
One song, Bricks and Mortar, has a compelling message for our current time:
“There’s a hate across the world.
Have we forgotten that we’re just boys and girls?
Everywhere the hate is growing,
fear is growing of just not knowing
how the world will be tomorrow.
It must be more than hate and sorrow.
We must learn to join together,
things are bad, but they’ll get better.
Do it for the sons and daughters—
we’re the bricks and they’re the mortar.”
Every moment of this record bears Lorayne’s stamp. His vocals are simply superb, the arrangements ambitious, and his frank songwriting a perfect match for his elliptical style. We think you’ll enjoy it. You can listen to Robert’s songs at http://www.robertlorayne.com. His album is available for purchase on iTunes.
The son of legendary memory-training expert and author Harry Lorayne, Robert Lorayne grew up in Manhattan (New York City) and counts The Doors, The Who, and Pink Floyd among his early music influences. Currently living in Newburyport, MA, he’s working on yet another new album with Joe Holaday, of The Fools and Beetle-Juice, on lead guitar.