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Ezra Vancil / Press

“The Song of the Year song and lyric writing contest is currently accepting entries”

“"The Weight of Being" who we are and where we are in life is at times overwhelming. Music from artists like Ezra Thomas allows us to lighten that load for a short time while we let the music take us away. The name of the band is taken from its two main players, Ezra Vancil (Vocals, Acoustic Guitar / Electric Guitar, Mandolin, Resonator, Lap steal Guitar, Keyboards, percussion) and Aaron Thomas (Drums, percussion, Udu drum, Tablas, Congas, djembe, vocals, keys, guitars, mandolin, Harmonica, programming). There is something about this music and Ezra's vocals that got my attention immediately. Although he reminded of Cat Stevens in some way, his voice was very hard to pinpoint and difficult to make any comparisons to. Upon reflection of this recording, I became fascinated with the beautiful instrumentation and melodies. Their lush compositions sucked me right in. Their sound is a roots-country inflected alternative rock-pop sound that is so contagious you will find it hard t”

“Ezra Thomas and The Weight of Being inhabit a very specific genre in my head, which I classify as "Country Music for People Who Don't Generally Admit to Liking Country Music" -- which is one of the people I typically happen to be. In this very specific genre in my brain you'll find artists like Emmylou Harris, Daniel Lanois, Julie and Buddy Miller, Lucinda Williams and Steve Earle. What each of these artists share is a rootsy sound that's deeply informed by country but not chained to it, and a lyrical introspection that shies away from easy country tropes like patriotism and the easy condemnation of those who don't like country (no slam on country, since today's rock has its own hackneyed tropes, like how everything is so damn depressing all the time). What you get here is grown up music for grown up people -- and that's me, too. There's a whole lot I'm enjoying on Weight. My favorite track by a considerable margin is "Kinsman Redeemer," with its elegiac use of bib”

“There is something instantly familiar yet refreshingly new about The Weight of Being, the highly promising debut from Dallas-based act Ezra Thomas. The latest collaboration of Ezra Vancil and Aaron Thomas, who last were seen sharing words and music in the pop/rock band Dogma and the Universe, Ezra Thomas also includes Mark Hallman, a producer/musician whose production credits include Carole King, Ani DiFranco, David Garza, and Oasis. Vancil, who was part of the early '90s Metroplex act Gypsy Tree, is the band's lyricist and shares tunesmithing duties with Thomas. Lyrically, Vancil is upbeat and reflective; musically, the group travels some familiar territory but brings along some nice touches that prevent it from ever sounding like a retread of yesterday's music. There are moments that show definite shades of Vancil's pop Gypsy Tree roots, such as "Kingdom Come" and "Paradise," which will be warmly embraced by anyone who adores Blue Sky Black.”

“Often confused for a solo artist, Ezra Thomas is actually a band. The union of singer-lyricist-guitarist Ezra Vancil and percussionist Aaron Thomas began in 1996 with their first disc, Buck 50. Five years of playing in the Dallas roots scene culminates for them with The Weight of Being, a quietly seductive album that won them a 2003 SXSW showcase. The album burns slowly and ethereally through 12 tracks that speak to the struggle between the body and soul. Ruminating through lost love and melancholic yearnings, Ezra Thomas employs folk, R&B and modern rock to weave a sadly beautiful sound. If you’re a fan of Peter Gabriel, The Cash Brothers or Daniel Lanois, you will love the way The Weight of Being lifts from despair into the bottom corners of light. —AW”

“Perhaps I'm getting sentimental, but I think we all like to rub ourselves against something soft and comforting every once in while. Ezra gives me that something. I'm curious as to whether he gives it to you as well.”

“Upon reflection of this recording, I became fascinated with the beautiful instrumentation and melodies. Their lush compositions sucked me right in. Their sound is a roots-country inflected alternative rock-pop sound that is so contagious you will find it hard to pull yourself away from it.”

“It actually sounds very tasteful and smooth without sounding slick. They have masterfully fused elements that are soulful, that rock, that twang and that pop. It's just very outstanding playing, melody and lyric writing and production all the way around. You will be quite happy you discovered ”

“You will love the way Ezra lifts from dispair into the bottom corners of light”

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