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Hemant Rao is a singer/songwriter who has returned from Vancouver to his hometown of Montreal. His new album  "Lavender" is now available on Itunes and CDbaby.

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Fifth Album Review Is In 

I received a great review from Tim Readman. Tim is a prolific Vancouver based singer/songwriter. He also writes for the Edmonton music magazine Penguin Eggs. Thanks so much Tim for the review!

Montreal based singer songwriter Hemant Rao’s latest CD is a collection of original songs that brings to mind a variety of influences. There’s a few shades of David Gray, perhaps a hint of Mark Knopfler and maybe a pinch of Sting (when he was a good Police-man) detectable here. Rao has a lightness of touch that helps the material to skip along and a way with gently catchy hooks that subtly worm their way into your ears. There’s some tasty playing too-notably the man himself on slide guitar, as well as tight ensemble playing from the band. His singing is unforced and pleasantly smooth and floats over the instrumental tracks effortlessly. It’s deceptively simple, attractively sweet and surprisingly deep.

Lavender Album on UK Top 100 Listing 

This list is from Nick Baldrian, music promoter and writer for Fireworks Magazine:
His personal Top 100 signed & unsigned Progressive & Instrumental rock albums of 2013
This magazine originates from the UK but it is distributed far and wide, including stores in Montreal.

Look down...down there I am at #87. Today 87 tomorrow the world!



1- Freedom To Glide - Rain
2- Jean Pascal Boffo - Le Chant Des Fleurs

3- Ayreon - The Theory Of Everything

4- Peter Gee (Pendragon) - Paris

5- William Shatner - Ponder The Mystery

6- Jordan Rudess - All That Is Now

7- Meridian - Metallurgy

8- Zum - In the Same Boat

9- Midgar - The Holographic Principle

10- Thought Chamber - Psykerion

11- Lights & Motion - Reanimation

12- Jim of Seattle - We Are All Famous

13- ME - Even The Odd Ones Out

14- The Flower Kings - Desolation Rose

15- Haken - The Mountain

16- Aldo Tagliapietra - L'angelo Rinchiuso

17- Materya - Case

18- Renaissance - Grandine Il Vento

19- Fraqsea - Majoram 

20- Aura - Вдохновение

21- Damnations Day - Invisible, The Dead 

22- PMMP - Matkalaulu

23- Yiannis Glezos - The Roses Of Pieria 

24- Big Big Train - Make Some Noise

25- David Tolk - Impressions

26- Deafening Opera - Blueprint

27- Gaelic Storm - The Boathouse

28- Eyevory - Euphobia

29- Lars-Erik Dahle - Step Into The Water

30- Borislav Mitic - Electric Goddess

31- The Reign of Kindo - Play with Fire

32- Ian Gordon - Retrobution

33- Moon Taxi - Mountains Beaches Cities

34- Backyards - 2Eden

35- Dream Theater - Dream Theater

36- Folk Ivan - Sea Of Glass

37- Black Heart Kings - ST

38- SimakDialog - Album Six

39- Echoes of Giants - At The End Of Myself

40- Laquesis - Laquesis

41- Gravity - The Edge of Eternity

42- King's Call - Lion's Den

43- White Willow - Ignis Fatuus

44- Brandon Murga - Aquí Descanso 

45- PFM - PFM In Classic Da Mozart - A Celebration

46- Levin/Minnemann/Rudess - Levin/Minnemann/ Rudess

47- Jay Smith - King of Man

48- Miracle Of Sound - Level 3

49- Godsticks - The Envisage Conundrum

50- Ptf - Percept From

51- Byron - 30 Seconds of Fame

52- Ketil Strand - II

53- Anton Johansson's Galahad Suite - Galahad Suite 

54- Dzivia - ⁄niajar Mrojaŭ

55- Skeem - ...Just Suggesting

56- The Far Meadow - Where Joys Abound

57- The Dear Hunter - Migrant

58- Poncho Delux - Poncho Delux

59- Vienna Circle - Silhouette Moon

60- Antonello Giliberto - The Mansion Of Lost Souls

61- Medda - Oceanus

62- Edward Box - Motion Control

63- Anthony Phillips - Private Parts & Pieces XI - City Of Dreams

64- Active Heed - Visions from Realities

65- Magenta - The Twenty Seven Club

66- Alessandro Bertoni - Keystone

67- Highlight Kenosis - Shield of Faith

68- La Coscienza di Zeno - Sensitivita

69- Qualia - Beginnings

70- Bruce Bouillet - The Order of Control

71- Matthew Shipp - Piano Sutras 

72- Blue Cartoon - Are You Getting On 

73- Duncan Parsons - Abandoned Buildings

74- Reign Of The Architect - Rise

75- Al Di Meola - All Your Life

76- Inbellum - Are You Still With Me 

77- Skylark - Divine Gates Part V Chapter 1-The Road To The Light

78- Circle Of Illusion - Jeremias

79- Dhafer Youssef - Birds Requiem

80- Adrian Galysh - Tone Poet

81- Flight of Fire - Shatter the Sky

82- Raphael and Shakya - Nomadic Love

83- Fish - A Feast Of Consequences

84- Gandalf's Fist - A Day in the Life of a Universal Wanderer

85- Flaming Bess - Der Gefallene Stern

86- The Psychedelic Ensemble -The Tale of the Golden King 

87- Hemant Rao - Lavender

88- Louna - Behind A Mask

89- Vangough - Between The Madness

90- Inventing Dreams - Objects In The Mirror

91- Split Sofa - Coloured Dream

92- Peter Dizozza - The Ocean Floaters

93- Tompox - Dark Side of the Sun

94- The Eternal - When The Circle of Light Begins To Fade

95- Crimson Chrysalis - Crimson Passion Cry

96- Lars Eric Mattsson - Epicentre

97- Judicator - Sleepy Plessow

98- Nermo - Le ver dans le fruit

99- Protomythos - In Human Sight

100- Submarine Silence - 13


Thanks Nick!

Fourth Album Review Is In 

Tom Harrison from The Vancouver Province Newspaper has actually  reviewed the first two albums as well. Here is his review for Lavender:

HEMANT RAO: Lavender (Independent)
Now based in Montreal, Rao once played Vancouver's coffee shops and bars, where he revealed a songwriting talent that favoured the simple and direct. His Lavender debut features a light, lilting voice and some colourful, attractive guitar. There is a detectable rhythm and blues root to a song such as Love Can Become while Mother is a complex swirl of melody and expression. By contrast, Have Fun is the kind of rock The Police might have done at the trio's most straightforward. B TH
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