Divide and Conquer Music ~ Matt Jensen
The recent release ShadowLight by Forrest Hill is one of those albums where you can tell how much thought and work was put into it. Hill fills this album with layers of instrumentation, but it never feels like he’s stuffing too much in. I loved how this album presented so many different approaches to a song, but it still felt cohesive. This is an album that I think plenty of people will appreciate. So, spread it around.... Highly recommended.
Vents Magazine ~ RJ Frometa
Shadowlight by Forrest Hill its more than an album, it’s a journey throughout time told through the chords of a guitar, the range of a singer and the lyrics of a songwriter. Many musicians claim to be influence by a certain number of genres, but only a few of them actually pull it off as good as Hill does on [ShadowLight] as he takes the best of Motown and Funk, and blends them together into memorable tunes.
Independent Music News 24
There’s a great accessibility to the songs [on ShadowLight], a concentrated effort at broader appeal through stylistic variance, a strong focus on melodic hooks and rich arrangements, which can be heard on standouts like “Circle Of Life”, “The Great Divide” and “Real Thing”. The songs, while very different between, have an overall magical common denominator which seems to connect them closely.
Video Music Stars
[ShadowLight] finds Forrest Hill moving in a number of stylistic directions that, coupled with his lusher, more assured sound, lends an intellectual weightiness to the album that helps imbue it with greater resonance. Having beefed up the production and fleshed out the instrumentation, the sound is substantial, incorporating a host of acoustic and electric instruments, all lovingly swathed in a shimmering sheen of reverb.
JamSphere ~ Rick Jamm
[Forrest Hill] has crafted an album sure to appeal to those enamored with the indie folk scene. It’s a bold, declarative statement that finds the Hill brimming with deserved confidence and assurance.
Forrest Hill has a truly incredible sound. He’s honed his talent well and created a beautiful album. Any indie/folk rock fan should certainly give Shadowlight a listen. It’s true to every genre Hill incorporates while maintaining a very specific flavor that is wholly his own, an impressive feat.
Dancing About Architecture ~ Dave Franklin
Forrest Hill proves to be one of those songwriters made in the classic mold, part pop infectiousness, part singer-songwriter intimacy, part 60’s folk revivalist, part…anything he chooses to turn his hand too really. In the same what that the likes of Neil Young and Paul Simon seemed to be bigger than any genre you try to fit them in, so Forrest Hill has that same chameleon-like quality.
...the melodies [on ShadowLight] are pitch perfect, lingering in the mind long after the songs have ended. The entire album works wonders coming together in a sweetly satisfying fashion. Reminiscent of the experimental folk frenzies of the Fleet Foxes, everything about it simply stuns.
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