Thorin Loeks’ “In This Place” music review.
Canadian indie folk music is, when you really think about it, obvious and poetically apt. This particularly lovely set of songs is from the very prolific Thorin Loeks, who is quite the adventurer, as well as quite the musician. This is Thorin’s fourth album I believe, so he’s had some time to evolve, to marinate as it were. This new collection of songs is all about hope.
The tracks off the “In This Place” album explore humans’ relationship to the planet and each other, while not bogging down in the more obvious and timely despair.
Instead, Thorin reaches for faith – faith in the human spirit, as well as nature and the world all around us.
It’s a nice thought, really, this inner peace found through connection and renewal. Something we all need all of the time, but most especially now.
Thorin is a master of melodic resonance. A poetic heart, an accomplished and soulful guitarist and a wondering spirit, if not restless, then seeking, perhaps?
Either way, he can write a bloody good song, and this album is full of them. He puts me in mind of Nick Drake. He has that same elegance of thought and soft insistence. The production is vivid and electrically alive.
Thorin’s voice is strong and soft and impassioned. He sings as if he means everything. And who can ask or more from an artist?
I loved doing this music review. Because if you like meaningful, soulful, folky music then you will like “In This Place,” too. Also, this video is mesmerizing, makes you long for the wide-open spaces and to love the world again.
All songs written, composed and played by Thorin Loeks
Violin for “Ice Age” and “With You”: Johnson Cheung
Contributing Vocals/Harmonies: Gert Talberner (“Open Sky”), Theras Wood (“Tonight”), Kaija Loeks (“Game Plan”)
David Tallarico in New West Westminster
Official Website: www.thorinloeks.com
Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClAgJdAIdrCcRXWnYKRU-tg