Galway city-based singer-songwriter Sano Hill’s latest album, “If Not Now, When,” takes listeners on a ride through the ups and downs of life. In this album, he explores a relationship from the beginning to the breakdown amidst dreams and struggles. The album’s diverse sound, blending passionate vocals and intricate guitar work, creates a musical landscape that resonates with authenticity.
In the opening track, “Time Out,” the raw and passionate singing is accompanied by riffing guitars and a chorus featuring heavy drumming. The music is a compelling backdrop for the realistic lyricism depicting the harshness of adult life. Yet the singer clings to his dreams and sings on. The standout lyrics, “Time Out for a while, hey, I could be a Rock Star, and everything’s alright,” capture the carefree spirit at the heart of the song.
The album takes a turn with the closing track, “Sing Out Loud.” With catchy build-ups, authentic singing, and anthemic qualities, the song emphasizes, “But be here now, be here now,” to remind us to embrace the present moment. The lyrics implore the audience to let go of fears and constraints and simply sing out loud because if not now, when?
Sano Hill’s “If Not Now, When” tells quite an extensive story that you can’t get a taste of unless you listen to each track. The music builds with the essence of living in the now. So, sit back, turn up the volume, and let Sano Hill guide you through the rhythms of life.
Review By: Naomi Joan