Music Producer and Veteran Performer, Steven Keene, to Release New Album, "Them & Us"
From “CNBNews,” July 30, 2020
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Indie singer-songwriter and recording artist, Steven Keene, is set to introduce his latest studio recording, THEM & US,* in mid-November. The 8-track collection spotlights signature originals written and produced by Keene and recorded at Shore Fire Recording Studios (Long Branch, NJ). The CD release follows early sneak peeks as part of Keene’s 2020 Single Release Series showcasing the sociopolitical hard-hitters “Them & Us” and “Save Yourself,” along with his most recent, the lovelorn ballad “Cause I Can’t Have You.”
Exploring intertwining themes of romance and hope punctuated by somber realities, THEM & US delivers a vintage-folk sound infused with a contemporary edge. The soulful project displays the New York native’s keen songwriting and production talents to combine abstract lyrics with artistic musical compositions, and his ability to touch on the pulse of today’s society to offer a listening experience song-after-song.
“The project encompasses various topics, insights and personal perspectives—some are observational, others about love lost, and songs about injustice, prejudice and victimization,” introduced Keene. “It’s a melting pot of my styles (Gospel, blues, country, rock), and a byproduct of what I have to say, good, bad or indifferent.”
Weighted in stimulating, thought-provoking lyrics, musical textures complemented by arching storylines and deep strokes of emotion, THEM & US explores and unveils the singer-songwriter’s stirring introspect. Transporting the listener through an array of emotions and lyrical awakenings, the project beams with sentimental, lovesick ballads and melodies of serendipitous love (in “She Ain’t Right For Me” and “It’s Not You, It’s Me”); contrasted with hard-hitting societal critiques in the title track, “Them & Us,” and the blues-rock anthem “Save Yourself;” matched by traces of The Beatles and the bluesy warm tones of James Taylor in “We’ll Find A Way” and “I’ll Be There For You.” A testament to Keene’s musical sophistication, taste and effervescence (in the groove camp of Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Bob Dylan), THEM & US is a canvas of his musical panorama.
THEM & US will be available via all major digital and streaming outlets (Amazon/iTunes/Pandora/Spotify/ Tidal) on Friday, November 13, 2020; digital retail distribution and streaming services spearheaded by Symphonic Distribution.