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Will Diehl – “Days of Summer” – Fiery tones and otherworldly shades are perfectly placed

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"What is remarkable about Will Diehl is not simply that he’s one of the finest, thoughtful underground singer-songwriters around, but the fact that over the course of his career, he has staying true to his essential folk-rock and Americana core while, incredibly, continuing to break new ground. Now on his latest album, “Days of Summer”, we get to hear the most celestial and melodious vocals he’s ever committed to record. The songs themselves blend elements of pop, folk and even jazz and psychedelic rock, to produce an otherworldly, yet intimate set.

As always the lyrics, focused and penetrating, deft, emblematic and carefully crafted, show Diehl to be a real observer in the truest sense. A writer whose eye for telling detail and innate sense of language, has once again produced verses that, stripped of the music, could easily find a life of their own on the printed page. But that’s only part of the story…

Will Diehl’s voice is made for story and verse, and these last few months of awkward and uncertain living conditions due to Covid-19, have certainly fueled Will’s fervent storytelling aptitude. “Sitting and staring out the window, like everything you miss exists outside. Stopping in your tracks, you still hear footsteps. Memories and myths and truths collide,” is how he opens the album with the song, “Spin”. The eloquent keys and guitars are joined by the affecting cello of Cremaine Booker to produce a moving piece.

This is followed by the lead single, and title track, “Days of Summer”, which features Lydia Salnikova of backing vocals and B. Oss on drums, in an oscillating organic arrangement. “Inside dreaming of the days of summer. May those days return to your life soon,” sings Diehl. His airy voice floating on an astral plane.

On the contrary, “Wash Your Hands”, rides on steady rhythm and a gritty down to earth vocal. “Wash your hands, or we’re all gonna die. Wash your hands, don’t stick them in your eye,” sings Will, completing the survival instructions on the spacey “Soft Yellow Light”:  “Step this way, there’s a line on the floor. Keep your space, stand in line. Only one at a time.”

This is an exceptional album by Will Diehl, and very different than anything that he has done before. “Clouds” is soulfully embellished by the saxophones and flutes of Ofer Peled, while Lydia Salnikova’s backing vocals again supply superb support for Will’s heartfelt lead melody. This slow-burner, is one of the best tracks of the bunch.

“There are no masks within this room, nothing to see. Don’t tread on me. We’ll drink another Kool Aid to destiny. Yeah hey you’re only human,” leads in the poignant “Only Human” which features Annie Leeth on violin. Every line casts an indelible image, as the haunting vocals and the sweeping orchestration completes the atmospheric arrangement.

The album closes with another standout track – the intense “Say Their Name” – with Will Diehl again handling guitars, keyboards and lead vocals, which he does across the entire album.

“It’s time to go, but we can’t leave. There’s so much noise that I can’t hear you now. There’s so much sorrow, we can’t grieve…” The guitars are abrasive and fierce, while Will’s voice soars with emotion and energy. Fiery tones and otherworldly shades are perfectly placed to create this masterpiece.

While each song stands on its own, it’s in listening to the album, “Days of Summer”, in its entirety that you will discover the true beauty and real craftsmanship of Will Diehl. A brilliant work. Will’s voice is in fine shape and the instrumentation is beautiful. This is a captivating album, with an extremely relatable narrative and sounds authentically refreshing in this age of easily disposable music." - Rick Jamm

Every now and then a particular artist strikes just the right chord in my soul. Well, I’ve just added Will Diehl to my list. I had not heard of this guy until recently. So after listening to his album a couple of times, I can tell you that each of these songs on “LOVE AND MOTION 1.0” strikes deep. There are some that strike deeper, maybe because they have some meaning to me or maybe it’s just because you can just feel what Diehl is singing. The album title has a “1.0” added because these are ‘supposedly’ first drafts, that have a ‘live’ sound mix. Diehl says that he was planning a more refined remix of the songs further on down the line.  I said ‘supposedly’, because I like them just the way they are, and think any remixing may compromise their candid authenticity. But that’s just my own personal, selfish opinion.     Will Diehl While he has uses his every-man soulful voice to provide an extra layer of honesty to his introspective alt-folk and country flavors, here Will Diehl also leans more directly to those jazz, rock and pop aspects of his approach. On his latest album, Diehl is in his sweet spot, one that will prompt the more interesting “Who does he sound like?” discussions. The truth is, he doesn’t sound quite like any other one artist, other than Will Diehl – although if you wrapped a couple of other singer-songwriters together you might come close. If under torture I was forced to choose just one voice that embodies a bit of Will Diehl’s persona, I’d have to go with Chris Rea – for timbre, tone and nonchalant offhandedness in his deliveries. Throughout “LOVE AND MOTION 1.0”, Diehl doubles down on his distinctive style, delivering a full sound without abandoning the elegant simplicity that sets him apart from everyone else. The best musicians know when not to play, and none of the added touches of violin, mandolin and saxophone violate that rule. The opener, “Beginning of Time”, is resplendent with violin inflections, and some brass lines reminiscent of something from the late, great Memphis Horns. Diehl’s acoustic playing sets him apart from the greats, even as he follows the silky trail they blazed. That comes through beautifully on a striking ballad called “Lost My Heart To You”, which he builds around a surprisingly elegant bass and saxophone riff, and on the tender and melodic “Safely Back”.     All of these songs showcase Will Diehl’s ability to explore complex arranging territory without abandoning the essential simplicity of acoustic goodness. They elevate an album that broadens the range of a singer-songwriter who will never be mistaken for anyone else. And how could he? How many artists do you know can go from the feel-good honkytonk of “Love Will Come Again” to the impassioned electric blues of “Motion (version 2)”, one track down, on the same album! Well to be honest, I can think of Eric Clapton, maybe Ry Cooder, and the late great J.J. Cale. But hey, that’s just a handful…of legends! Will Diehl stays true to his core warm acoustic alt-folk sound throughout the album, but keeps it interesting by including the influence of a variety of genres and styles. There is something to delight the ears of all roots music lovers. Overall Diehl’s soulful voice and emotive melodies make for a great easy listening session. “LOVE AND MOTION 1.0” will warmly embrace your spirit.”

Jamsphere

"... Diehl also happens to be an accomplished musician who is coming out with some new, all-original music, adding to a catalog of dozens if not hundreds of original songs...." ... More on the original news web site... ”

Centre Daily Times

“Will Diehl has a nice sound… It is obvious from the start… that this guy knows his instrument well. The quality of his music is great, and would keep me listening even if it were just instrumental. Top that off with some good vocals… honest… in a way that inflects true soul within them, and that makes ‘True Love’ a keeper… This is the kind of song to listen to when you need a break from the world.”” - Gods of Music

— MP3.com

This article mentions Will's recording of Love and Motion 2.0 at Frigo Recording Studios.”

Mix Magazine

Love and Motion 1.0 is an eleven track album within the Singer-Songwriter folk genre from Will Diehl. It remains pretty clear through the entirety of this record that Will Diehl pays homage to the artists that have come before him, respecting such artists like Bob Dylan & Nick Drake. While this is a record that is all his own and by no means a tribute album; the inspiration from such artists are present, with the sound being mature and traditional. The lyrical themes are riding on a simplistic avenue but is sure to take you through adventurous realms within his creative mind.Through the music, you can feel that his gift has always been, perhaps even at that young age and like most creative minds, his genius lies at the forefront with his struggles. This is perhaps Diehl's most genuine release and is showcasing a bolder side of that creative mind. Not just as a musician, but perhaps as a poet as well." - Beyond The Record”

— Beyond The Record

Will Diehl: “Give It Time” – a fluid nature and passionate storytelling Posted September 28, 2017 by Peter Burns in Headlines Will Diehl’s latest EP release, “Give It Time” beautifully walks the line between strong acoustic melodies and folk rock tendencies which capture the emotion Diehl puts into his tantalizing lyrics. The Manassas, VA singer-songwriter exhibits fluency when it comes to creating a mood that encapsulates the recording as a whole, making it a remarkable experience for every, and any listener. The record has a lot to live up to, as Will Diehl’s previous work has received critical acclaim from the media and fans alike. Will this release achieve the same feat? I absolutely believe it will. The EP starts off with the upbeat and intriguing opening track “I Can’t Get Enough Of Your Loving”, which focuses on the smoky vocals Diehl brings forward on a bed of acoustic guitar and piano driven rhythms. The song gives us a look at what to expect on the rest of the album, setting the organic tone for what’s to come. “Tender Years” slides in on a slow burning harmonica-tinged, mid-tempo ballad, and another luscious dose of Diehl’s gravelly vocal cords.   Will Diehl “Give It Time” drives itself forward with a repetitive chorus that hypnotizes the senses, to get the listener to experience the emotion Diehl puts forth, it’s remarkable. Yes, we get bluesy vibes and eerie tones, but the singer-songwriter sticks to his roots, with a simple but heartfelt intimate message, that beautifully brings the listener down to earth. “Slow Down” has a different tone than the songs played beforehand, it’s much more layered musically and vocally, but still includes important lyrics. The use of the organ just adds to the effect of the song as a whole. What really got me into this EP was the final track, “Long Road Back To You”, the song grabbed me from the very start with an Americana sound that reminded of vintage Bob Seeger. The clear tones lets you pick up exactly what Will Diehl is singing about. While he croons, I invite you to try to experience the emotion he conveys, it adds so much to the song, which draws you in and makes you appreciate the EP much better. There’s a lot of things to appreciate on this record, be it from its fluid nature in sound to its passionate storytelling, Diehl will always be a mastermind for putting forward work that hits close to home for so many people. Will Diehl’s is a man of great talents, and since the start of his career has been setting himself up by putting together music that is emotive, intricate and personal. There’s no denying that what he writes lyrically empowers many others too. With Diehl’s latest offering, “Give It Time”, we see him experiment more with his acoustic-folk sound, resonating an Americana and roots twist to his music. There’s more of a consistent approach in terms of sound with Diehl channeling something that meets the expectation of any Will Diehl record; the ability to make one person feel all kinds of emotions – lyrically and musically. ”

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Press/Reviews Will Diehl – “Cafes” AUGUSTA, GA – “… musicians should take note and have their live and intimate sets recorded. For Will Diehl, the idea was nothing short of fantastic, as he recorded songs in San Francisco and Lake Tahoe, Nev., at the cafes Simple Pleasures, Sacred Grounds and Newsbreak. Diehl’s sound can be compared to folk and soft rock contemporaries such as Jim Croce, James Taylor and Don Henley, with hints of country and classic rock… In this set of acoustic songs, Diehl gives off a warm, folksy vibe through various topics, including the ups and downs of love (“Star Out Tonight,” “Running Away from Love”), and social commentary (“I Don’t Believe It”). Warm poetics flow through “Sunlight Dancing,” which features a surprise from a soulful harmonica, and real, flawless lyrical savvy. Overall, “Cafes” is a timeless piece of acoustic musicianship. ” – From the Metro Spirit, Augusta, GA; Issue #20.30   ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Will Diehl has an atmospheric style with his guitar playing that should dazzle followers of folk music. His playing actually creates moods and pictures in your head. Real folk isn’t about unplugging rock & roll. Acoustic guitars can paint images that electric riffs can’t. No, it’s not that one is superior to the other, but if you want to chill, let the rolling waves of the imagination swirl in your mind, only the best folk will do. An unknown gem of an artist, Diehl has strips the flesh from his soul on I Am Free and exposes the feelings inside. It’s more of a journey than an actual listening experience. It feels like you’re travelling with him, walking on the beach and gazing at the clouds, reflecting on life and its share of loves and losses. “Real Love” is the pick here, gorgeously sung and performed. I Am Free by Karla Ash “By the time you reach the third track on Will Diehl’s I Am Free CD, it’s too late – you’ve fallen under his spell. It’s not really his voice that strikes you (although the man can sing well), it’s the easygoing, relaxing vibes that come across from his acoustic guitar. On “Sunlight Dancing,” Diehl hypnotizes your ears without you even realizing what he has done. The strings create a web of enchantment. If there was a record made for rainy days, this would be it. This is the kind of LP that makes you want to look out the window as tears pour down from the clouds. No, not because it’s sad, but because it’s beautiful.” – Elizabeth Jacobsen at Alternative Rock Review   “Originally released in 1995, before the Internet explosion that enabled indie musicians to release and promote records on their own without being dependent on a label, this heartwarming folk record deserves a wider audience. Singer/songwriter Will Diehl is one of those artists who usually falls through the cracks. I have a library filled with them, in fact — talented musicians who, for one reason or another, haven’t gotten the widespread recognition they deserve. Part of it has to do with marketing. This isn’t MTV fluff, nor is it an edgy work for college radio. Rather, it’s an easy listening record that gradually reveals its subtle charms. Recorded in the gloom and doom of the ’90s, this record speaks nothing of the decade it originated from. Diehl will most likely remind you of mellow rockers from the ’70s, like Dan Fogelberg and Bread. The song titles (“You Are the Warmth,” “True Love,” “Real Love,” etc.) tell you what to expect. For those with no appetite for folk, Diehl won’t change your mind; however, only a person with a heart of stone could hate music this friendly and gentle. Diehl’s guitar playing is soothing and his voice goes down like warm milk in a thunderstorm.” Kyrby Raine – Ink19 ‘I Am Free’- Genre: ‘Folk’ – Release Date: ‘1995’ Our Rating: “Here is the one that got away.Originally released in 1995, Will Diehl’s “I Am Free” (http://www.willdiehl.com) is an acoustic pop record that predates the current mania towards John Mayer and Jack Johnson. In other words, it is closer to country and classic rock than the post-alternative sounds of Mayer and his imitators. There’s no garbled phrasing or self-consciously quirky lines, just adult rock at its finest.Ironically, though, I kept thinking of who Diehl’s voice reminded me of, and it was none other than Glen Phillips of the alternative group Toad the Wet Sprocket, who had a string of crossover Top-40 hits in the early ’90s such as “All I Want.” However, Diehl’s lyrics are not from the underground nor do they have a collegiate bent. These are songs for grown-ups, especially couples in love.”You Are the Warmth” and “Real Love” are both hopelessly romantic, Adult Contemporary tracks that are devoid of the studio gloss which often mutes the emotions in this material. Less commercial and more artistic is “Sunlight Dancing,” its lovely, atmospheric guitars (you can almost imagine the rolling waves in the lyrics) complementing Diehl’s poetic words: “Moonlight on a mountain meadow/Gentle breeze through silken hair/Sky above of endless diamonds/Peaceful feeling everywhere.” Outstanding writing. To Diehl, a love for a woman is connected with his affection for nature; they go hand in hand, and “I Am Free” will liberate your soul from the hardships of a reality-bitten everyday existence. Bravo.” – Adam Harrington – Whisperin & Hollerin         “Diehl’s been compared to soft rock and acoustic artists like Jimmy Buffet, The Replacements, REM, and The Eagles.” – The Day, New London, CT “Simple, positive original songs that you’ll find yourself singing days after the show” – KRZQ, Reno’s Alternative Rock Station “High-energy, acoustic-driven anthems… The songs celebrate music and life– not attitudes and outfits. For this city, that’s almost avant-guard.” – T. Smith, Hotel Utah, San Francisco “When I first heard this artist from Boston I was blown away…” – Americana Roots Radio “A folky at heart, he has a pop sensibility and … seasoned voice that’s well suited to the Stephen Bishop/Jimmy Buffet-type material he pens.” – Reno Gazette Journal “With a pleasingly raspy voice not unlike John Mellancamp’s, Will Diehl completely covers the Folk-Rock spectrum. Diehl’s haunting acoustic ballads could passs for a darkly-themed James Taylor.” – Listen.com “Diehl’s voice soars and glides through a vast array of politically correct, deeply personal and environmentally sound songs.” – The Review, Lake Tahoe “This is a beautiful down tempo creation of one of the greatest pop/rock artists in mp3.com.” (review of Dream #3) – Ernesto Cortazar “Solitude, reflection…honesty was how American acoustic folk-singer and songwriter Will Diehl made his mark in this album… Known as a prolific writer, Diehl has also penned over a thousand songs that deal with love, relationships, environmental and social issues… influenced by styles and ideas prevalent in latter-day New York City…” – The Star (Malaysia) “This is beautiful. A simple vocal and guitar number with harmonica lines here and there… reminds me of The Beatles’ ‘You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away.’ (review of She Carried A Magic Lantern) – Shawn Rhodes (DJ @ NY’s WBAI 99.5 FM) “He’s spent this year touring the country to promote his recently released solo CD ‘i am free’ – now he’s bringing it all back home. Diehl’s stripped-down acoustic style is reminiscent of Jim Croce; his lyrics more often than not deal with the ambiguities presented by life and love… One thing’s for certain: Will Diehl is the real deal.” – Reno News and Review “With the release of his new solo CD, titled appropriately enough, ‘i am free’, … Will Diehl has revitalized his career as a solo performer. The … guitarist and singer has returned to a stripped down sound featuring raw acoustic elements, earthy voicing and occasional harmonica play, all of which serve as the unobtrusive supporting cast to the lyrical qualities of his songwriting talents.” – North Lake Tahoe Bonanza Newspaper “The wonderful ‘She Carried A Magic Lantern’ reminds me of some Peter Gabriel work. A beautiful and suggestive ballad, taken from his ‘i am free’ CD.” – Songs for the Autumn Radio “Singer-songwriter Will Diehl plans to donate 50 percent of his MP3.com earnings … to the Hunger Project, a NY-based multinational organization devoted to fighting chronic hunger worldwide (www.thp.org). Diehl is starting his donation run with songs songs in the top 40 of MP3.com’s acoustic charts.” – Acoustic Guitar Magazine “Here is a masterpiece of guitar work mixed into a super love song. I’m glad somebody still writes’em like this. (True Love) – Acoustic Folk Songwriter’s Showcase “Here is the new Will Diehl. Will Diehl used to be guitarist for a Lake Tahoe, Nevada band… playing the Roxy in Los Angeles and opening a benefit for Todd Rundgren… voted Lake Tahoe’s “best musician” for two consecutive years… As a solo act, Diehl performs all original contemporary folk and alternative music. He has written more than 1000 songs, dealing with love, relationships and environmental and social issues… some of Diehl’s musical inspirations were culled in … New York City Greenwich Village clubs… He then left for Boston, where he co-wrote a children’s musical that was produced by The Boston Children’s Theatre. He and director George Giglio co-wrote ‘The Amazing Musical Adventures of Herbert.’ – The Patriot News, Harrisburg, PA “A catchy upbeat acoustic tune. Will has a very Springsteen-like sound.” – Acoustic Avenue Too “Well crafted lyrics and excellent guitar work, Will is a true ‘Troubadour'” – Songwriter’s Choice Radio “A beautiful melody and excellent singing from Will.” – PaisleyFace “Very well played and mellow. Sincere lyrics and sung with sweet feelings. I can see why he is so popular at MP3.com!” – Connie Zimmerman “Experience Kama sutra in action, the essence of a sand spired cathedral… must be a homage to the Gods… Beautiful melodic interplay between a fretless bass and an old world relic stringed instrument… sounds like sitar… This track brings in the early sounds of a group called Tri-Atma… melting old world music and instruments with beefy Euro-Jazz.. They were all incredible musicians, muti-faceted in every realm, as is Will Diehl.” (review of ‘In The Shadow of the Great Cliff’) – Integrated Arts VIII Radio “CSN&Y meet the Strawbs! Very Cool!” – Fearless_Freap, Alberta Canada “Very nice melody with captivating lyrics.” – (I Hear A Spanish Guitar) – Net Audio Radio “…Piano backing with a catchy beat. His vocals take the forefront, though. Also a songwriter with tons of music.” (review of Gravity) – A1 Mellow Moods4u2 Radio “I like the mood on this one. great vocals: melody, accuracy, lyrics… you sound like Steven Stills…” Number99 fr “A Hint of Bob Dylan and old Simon and Garfunkel.” – porchdaddies, North Carolina “Will Diehl has a nice sound… It is obvious from the start… that this guy knows his instrument well. The quality of his music is great, and would keep me listening even if it were just instrumental. Top that off with some good vocals… honest… in a way that inflects true soul within them, and that makes ‘True Love’ a keeper… This is the kind of song to listen to when you need a break from the world.” – GodsofMusic”

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