Dylan LeBlanc announces corona-proof show at Paradiso Amsterdam: October 20th24-09-2020
It won’t take long after pressing play on Renegade, singer-songwriter Dylan LeBlanc’s latest album, to realize something has changed. The once low-key, often atmospheric and tender style LeBlanc had perfected over the course of three previous releases gets a shot of adrenaline. The opening electric guitar riff explodes into a full-fledged Tom Petty-styled strum rocker, complete with enhanced reverb and a driving, insistently propulsive rhythm.
Welcome to LeBlanc’s finest hour! While not everything jumps out with the same force, the ballads reverberate with a fuller dynamic approach. LeBlanc says he felt himself going in a more intense direction, but producer Dave Cobb also helped create the audio bedrock which makes these still introspective songs so sonically rich. LeBlanc’s sweet, gentle high-pitched tenor voice would seem to be at odds with the more rocking style and the chiming guitar-driven songs but the combination works beautifully. The tougher edge brings heft to the vocals and his singing tamps down the music’s aggressive qualities.
Next month Dylan LeBlanc will be in Amsterdam for a special - corona-proof - concert. Tickets go on sale tomorrow: