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Eric Contractor / Press

““Eric Contractor is a true original. All 11 songs are gems, all perfect. It is an amazing achievement and, released April 2011, is immediately one of the best albums of the year. ””

“Clear as day- Eric Contractor certainly stands out amongst the crowd….incredibly distinctive voice.”

““The guy should have broken indie by now: he is a one man Morrissey with a bit more range and just as much strangeness…the thought of Contractor digging into “Night Escape,” one of my fave albums of 2011, is salivatingly great!!!””

““Waiting for the Magic” is, well, magical. The introduction is jazzy, and a bit of a mystery – you just don’t know what wonderful journey you’re about to embark on as the notes flow out of your speakers. A soothing voice by Contractor is a perfect way to compliment the lovely tune. His song, “Kissing up the Rain,” exemplifies his deep voice and his folk-pop potential, and would compliment a movie’s soundtrack because of the way he tells a story.””

Alessandra Malito, Freelance Reporter

““On his debut album, Night Escape, Eric Contractor is a Byronic creature, his gorgeous baritone sweeping through songs of lost love and wee small hours. Even the album cover finds him bathed in dark, moonlight blue, as mysterious as his deeply felt songs. ”Prince Of The Shadows”…is a mesmerizing song neatly built on a quasi-Flamenco lick and it achieves the suspension of disbelief he seems to be aiming for."”

““Eric’s songs exhibit the emergence of a strong talent. He is on his way to finding a lyrical style all his own.””

Louis Karchin, Pulitzer Prize nominated composer

““The surprise of the year has been Eric Contractor whose debut album Night Escape, is…of immense power and beauty.””

““The music of Eric Contractor creates male vocal-led odes to love, longing, and loss that are infused with a romanticism that digs a few layers beneath the surface. There really is no confusing Mr. Contractor with Justin Bieber as to sincerity or passion. Secondly, in mining the wealth of the past and not trying to make it fit an easy, money making formula, this artist has both courage and insight. Our society is in the throes of forced, inevitable and often terrifying change, and Eric’s voice and music offer a safer and more thoughtful past, bringing comfort to this road weary sojourner.””

““Singer/songwriter Eric Contractor recently released his debut album entitled “Night Escape.” The sound in this album is very cinematic. Eric captures the mood in the opening track with his strong, almost hypnotic voice, while his music swirls in the background. Eric’s deep, baritone vocals bring up comparisons to Johnny Cash on the country sounds of “Never, Never.” Eric puts on his seductive suit with his suave vocals on “Driving Down The Coast.” He then comes back with the up-tempo, Talking Heads sounding “Ain’t No Love.” His voice fits perfectly in the ballad “Prince of the Shadows” as his vocals never overpowers the song. The album finishes with his strongest effort in “Visions of Aphrodite."”

““I listened to the album, it’s very awesome. I definitely get a mystical vibe. His music sounds like something you would hear on a coffee shop radio station. Simply put, his music is soothing acoustic rock. I thoroughly enjoyed his set.””

““Lyrics has a cool vibe to it. A nicely poetic feel throughout…first line makes me want to hear more.””

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