MUSIKANTO walks the line between Indie-Blues and Urban Americana, while borrowing elements of Experimental Folk and broken-down Orchestral music. The Chicago songwriter grew up listening to his father’s obscure folk and roots rock records and the music of Fraser and Debolt and Jerry Hahn. With a propensity toward heartbreaking ballads and melodic melodrama, MUSIKANTO’s songs survive the bite of a Chicago Winter and the soul of a Midwestern bon-fire.
MUSIKANTO carries the lyrical weight of folks like Van Morrison and Elliott Smith and the driving tone of Ray Lamontagne and Amos Lee. His narratives rattle the core of the human spirit leaving you feeling like an outsider who witnessed something very real. After years of touring and writing, Musikanto set out to record his best record to date. He made countless late-night drives from Chicago to Milwaukee and back to record the new songs at a friend’s home studio. During the drives, he listened to the songs develop their personalities, re-writing lyrics and adding instrumentation he heard in his head as he drove. [No Depression, February 2011]