By Chris Ayer
One of Brooklyn's burgeoning singer-songwriter's animated 2009 album is still well-worth the light-hearted listen two years on. Don't Go Back To Sleep is reminiscent of the jaunty American spirit of now aging legends like Paul Simon, Bill Withers and Martin Sexton; which is extremely refreshing to hear in time where hip-hop and house-trance filled nightclubs get distracting in the musical life of the youth. Chris Ayer's buoyant and hopeful tunes seem to reassure the listener of an unseen, - but heard - sense of self-belief and self-reliance. Something which many American acoustic artists lack in their lyrics and style. Songs like 'The Revealing' and 'Lost + Found' echoes this intoxicating musical substance. Even the chosen cover art for the album exudes of Ayer's uplifting attitude within the songs; an approaching view of a bright, panoramic modern city (New York?) reflects the romantic and ambitious voice of this youthful musician.
Chris Ayer's acoustic colleague (who joins him on his 2011 UK Tour in Leeds) Lelia Broussard, mirrors him in this lyrical and instrumental character, something promising for this generation of pop-folk music generators. Chris Ayer will be bringing his 'Call Me Al'-talent back to Leeds in the lively heart of our own community; Royal Park Cellars in Hyde Park this December.