The songwriter and performer of music known as Stephen Lantz has released his latest instrumental single, “High Sonority.” The track has been proudly published independent of the mainstream, corporate music industry and distributed to more than 750 online music stores worldwide. A masterpiece of acoustic guitar work backed by vibrant bass lines and arranged with expert composition, “High Sonority” is an upbeat instrumental that sets a top-shelf standard of high sonority, indeed.
Stephen Lantz cites as main musical influences some of the best pop and rock artists of the 1960s and ’70s, such as Peter, Paul and Mary, the Eagles, the Beatles, Willie Nelson, John Denver, and the Grateful Dead. Fans of these will appreciate the precision with which Lantz plays, a rare quality to find in new rock and pop music in recent years. His ear for planning chord progressions which sound natural yet unpredictable at the same time is also of note, marking him as an independent songwriter to watch closely. The artist responsible for “High Sonority” can clearly make music of this caliber at will.
Asked to comment on the inspiration for his latest release, Lantz writes, “My goal in recording songs is to provide listeners with an uplifting and enjoyable experience. My music is melodic, but sometimes a little off the beaten path. I want to produce unpretentious instrumental music for down-to-earth people. My musical message is that I want music to brighten the day for my listeners!”
That “High Sonority” succeeds in this should not come as a surprise when one considers Lantz’s pedigree, as well as his veteran status as a longtime live player.
“My father played guitar and sang cowboy songs really well,” writes Lantz, “and my mom was a good pianist and singer — that hooked me on music. I started by loving Peter, Paul and Mary way back in high school.”
Before long, Lantz wasn’t just listening. He dove in and became part of the music. “I played in a band for many years in college and after,” he writes. “We did light rock, rock and roll, Beatles, some blues, some country and even a little bluegrass.”
Now, years later, Lantz is airing his talents to the world at large and the scene is that much better for him. He writes, “I’m not doing gigs anymore so I wanted to stay in music by recording acoustic pieces.”
Here’s hoping he stays in a long, long time.
“High Sonority” by Stephen Lantz is available online worldwide beginning 2 April 2015.
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