Still one of the most mysterious artists in today’s scene, we now know a bit more about Allan Rayman after the release of his newest EP, Courtney: he’s going through a grunge phase. But that’s about all the EP informs about our mystery man. That, and he’s an incredibly well-rounded, talented artist whose raspy voice and alluring lyrics mesh perfectly with whatever vibes he feels like creating. He revealed (sort of) about the project,
“My friends will kill me if I die. But I’m a good dog, they sometimes throw me a bone. Now all I want is a beer; something imported and nothing but a woman to tell me to chew with my mouth shut and smile more.”
Courtney follows Rayman’s sophomore album Roadhouse 01 from earlier in 2017 and includes his previously released single, “Word of Mouth,” and four new tracks. Listeners know immediately that Courtney is different from what Rayman has previously released. The first track, “Gun,” opens with an electric guitar and drums that set a rock sound that Rayman hinted at—but never fully immersed in—in his previous work. His gravelly vocals suit the tone perfectly, matching the grit of the guitar. Yet Rayman manages to maintain a sensual tone with his vocals and lyrics, both laced with a thrilling sense of danger.
From starting off on a rock note, Rayman closes on a slower track, “Fish Called Happy.” The one and a half minute song adopts a more soothing tone while preserving the grunge arc, showcasing Rayman’s ability to demonstrate versatility between a mere five songs. Courtney may have been a rather unexpected drop with an unexpected tone, but the record has further highlighted Rayman’s mastery of his craft and dexterity.
Following massive live shows over the summer with festival dates including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits, Rayman embarked on his 2017 Hotel Tour. With stops in Nashville, New York, and a sold out show in Toronto, he still has a few tour dates left this year. Check all below and grab your tickets to see if you can crack the mystery of Allan Rayman, although we’ve heard that you won’t be able to:
11/28/2017 | Nashville, TN / High Watt
11/30/2017 | Atlanta, GA / Vinyl
12/1/2017 | Carrboro, NC / Cat’s Cradle
12/2/2017 | Washington, DC / U Street Music Hall
12/3/2017 | Philadelphia, PA / The Foundry
12/5/2017 | Brooklyn, NY / Warsaw
12/6/2017 | Allston, MA / Brighton Music Hall
12/7/2017 | Montreal, Quebec / Corona Theater
12/9/2017 | Toronto, ON / Phoenix Concert Theatre
12/10/2017 | Toronto, ON / Danforth Music Hall
Stream Courtney below: