Ari Hest

Ari Hest

Someone To Tell

Columbia

Ari Hest is the latest singer/songwriter sensation to be snapped up by a major label in the slipstream created by John Mayer. And although Mayer fans will lap up the pop-flavored “Fascinate You,” the fact that 24-year-old Hest’s personality and individual style are all over this record proves that he can’t be accused of lacking originality.

Someone To Tell is marked both by Hest’s soulful voice and some gritty, powerful songs that evoke the timeless themes of love, escape and introspection. Songs like the infectious “Holding On” and the terrific opener “They’re Onto Me” prove that it’s a winning combination. Many of the songs remain from Story After Story, the indie album that secured Hest a major label deal, but of the new efforts, the inspirational “A Fond Farewell” is the by far the best, telling of moving on and discovering a moment of clarity.

The intelligently written “Strangers Again” has a jazzy, laid back feel to it while recalling the stylings of songwriters like Edwin McCain, “Consistency” picks up the pace again impressively and the beautiful “Monsters” is simply breathtaking. But the highlight of Someone To Tell is the reworking of “Aberdeen,” another tune from Hest’s early career, which in its rousing account of personal progression, mirrors his own meteoric rise from DIY troubadour to major label hopeful.

Someone To Tell is a diverse, mature record which will surely catapult Hest into the big time. My advice: check out Hest on his forthcoming club tour, as on this evidence, he’ll be filling arenas before too long.

Ari Hest: www.arihest.com/

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Halloween Nuggets

    Halloween Nuggets (Liberation Hall). Review by Charles D.J. Deppner.

  • RoboCop Steelbook
    RoboCop Steelbook

    Computerized police work in 1987? What could possibly go wrong? Carl F. Gauze reviews.

  • Memoria
    Memoria

    Winner of the Jury Prize of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Memoria subtly draws viewers into a connective reality shaped by the sounds and images emerging from the unknown. Lily and Generoso share their thoughts on the film, currently touring North America.

  • Say Goodnight, Gracie
    Say Goodnight, Gracie

    Lose a job? Eh, there’s always another one. Review by Carl F. Gauze.

  • New Music Now 007: crêpe girl
    New Music Now 007: crêpe girl

    Episode 007 features new music by Jack White, Snail Mail, and crêpe girl, and 2 sweet Yoko Ono covers from Stephin Merritt and Deerhoof. Stick around for joy!

  • Hot Water Music
    Hot Water Music

    Feel The Void (Equal Vision Records). Review by Charles D.J. Deppner.

  • Watcher
    Watcher

    Chloe Okuna’s new thriller Watcher is an immersive journey into fear. Review by Phil Bailey.

  • From Here
    From Here

    A mass shooting changes the world, but not the people in it.

  • True West
    True West

    Two brothers attempt to get into movies without killing each other. It’s a close call.

  • In The Heights
    In The Heights

    A lottery ticket and a blackout shift a man’s life in the New York Hispanic community.

From the Archives