Exclusive stream: Travis Ehrenstrom, “Remain A Mystery”

Friday, April 5th, 2013, 6:53 am by Ben Salmon

The Travis Ehrenstrom Band. Its namesake is second from left.

The Travis Ehrenstrom Band. Its namesake is second from left.

When I saw Central Oregon singer-songwriter Travis Ehrenstrom perform in early 2009, my review focused on “Remember My Name,” a terrific song from his solo album “Somewhere In Between.” At the time, Ehrenstrom was 19, and I thought the tune’s high quality foreshadowed good things to come from the young artist.

Four years later, Ehrenstrom seems to be on the verge of delivering on that promise in a big way with his new record “Remain A Mystery.” Funded primarily through the fundraising website Kickstarter and recorded by Keith Banning at Lonely Grange Recorders in Sisters, the full-length album is expected to be released in June.

Until then, you can dig into the title track, which is exclusively available for streaming below thanks to Ehnrenstrom. It’s a big sonic step forward from the guy-and-guitar aesthetic of “Somewhere In Between,” with its lush sound, faint keyboard pulse and ethereal melody. At times, Ehrenstrom sounds like he’s channelling My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, and if you know me, you know that’s a massive compliment.

Ehrenstrom expects to have preorders for the new album up on his Bandcamp soon, and on Saturday, he’ll debut his new band at The Belfry in Sisters, where he’ll help warm up The Weather Machine‘s CD-release party. The show will start at 8 p.m. and it’s $10 to get in, or free with a student ID.

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4 Responses to “Exclusive stream: Travis Ehrenstrom, “Remain A Mystery””

  1. Grandma Nancy says:

    Hi Courtney and Travis, Thumbs up Travis,Very Very Well Done!!!!!!!
    Can hardly wait to come out there and go to the Depot and see and hear this young
    man in person.

  2. John Simpkins says:

    This is SO GREAT! I literally got chills and goose-bumps when I heard it! It went right to my soul! I am so proud of Travis! I can’t wait for the album to come out! Standing Ovation! Bravo!!!

  3. Kori Simpkins says:

    Powerful message

  4. Clyde says:

    Bitchen, really bitchen.
    Right on Grandma.
    I’ve seen this young man in person, he is THE MAN.

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