Vizztone Label Group
Hailing from Sydney Australia, and now living in New Orleans, Ivor Simpson-Kennedy takes story-telling to the highest level with his music. There’s a unique spin he has on blues and roots which is very refreshing and quite captivating. The attention he pays to details in his songwriting, pairs perfectly with his laidback style. Mississippi Bound, his latest release, was created during his downtime due to the pandemic. It features fifteen stellar tracks, all written, arranged and performed by Ivor.
The listener is taken on a journey which begins with the ska-infused, Caribbean-flavored track “Mississippi Bound”. Ivor’s smokey vocals define that of an experienced, weathered traveler. A delightful melody coupled with frank, from-the-gut lyrics lend a Randy Newman-esque vibe to “Talkin’ Shit Again”. Easily lured into Ivor’s infectious guitar riff on “Wheelin’”, I thoroughly enjoy his swampy slide play and beat poet style. There’s a sort of Robert Hunter/Jerry Garcia aura to “Taste Your Lips”. It’s an absolutely gorgeous song. Cloaked in a thick slathering of slide, evil suits itself up on the concluding track “Dead Pig”. The music alone transports me to a cypress-filled swamp in the middle of Mississippi.
Ivor S.K. fills Mississippi Bound with substance and originality as he builds a musical landscape where outlaws and poets intermingle. It’s downright fascinating.
By Phillip Smith; Oct. 29, 2022
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