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.