By Serenat Kivilcim
Hemant Rao ( bio ) is a Montreal based singer/song writer who just released his new album “Lavender”. His inspiration stems from growing up ethnically different from his peers, while listening to Blue Oyster Cult, Yes, and Neil Young. His music is strikingly deep and his song Lavender reminds me of Dinosaur Junior with his unique riffs of electric guitar and a catchy rhythmic backdrop of intricately placed acoustic and bass.
Hemant Rao frequently makes the trek to New York where he performs in such venues as The Lion’s Den in Greenwich Village and Arlene’s Grocery in the Lower East Side. He also appeared at The Skylark Cafe and the Rendezvous Jewelbox Theatre in Seattle two years ago before returning to New York and having the opportunity to play at Rockwood Music Hall and Googie’s Lounge Above the Living Room, two venues that are widely reputed for their singer/song writer talent that has appeared over the years. Often compared to George Harrison, Rao’s music has modern aspects, while not forgetting his roots of studying classical music and violin in his hometown of Vancouver. Intricately arranged string sections and sweet sounding guitar make this artist a can’t miss!
Check out his song “Lavender”, as well as his other great tracks!