The Mighty Pirate does not create music for sales or fame, nor does he have a formula that fits the mainstream music scene. It’s obvious that he creates music simply for the love of music, and only sings what moves him and comes from his heart. And this is why he gets 5 stars from me, because this music is simply heartfelt and real. No gimmicks, no fancy iconoclastic wordplay, or lusciously perfect productions.
The studio recordings features real-to-life acoustic guitar and electric guitar tones that have a raw, live feel. From start to finish, along with it’s imperfections, there is a beautiful organic smoothness that resonates throughout the album.
TMP’s has put out a fairly mature album for a debut. Once again proving that when in doubt, less is always more, and he makes the music work with understated directness and simplicity.
“The Calm That Never Came,” is full of traditional wit and grace, the musicality of each song and the album as a whole makes it something rare these days.
While many love the idea of a man and his acoustic guitar, it is easy for this kind of music to slide into the realm of the utterly uninspired. TMP avoids this by being ultimately successful in delivering songs that are variegated and well worth the listen.
TMP moves from the lighter, guitar and vocal amplitude of “The Ravine,” – for me the absolute album highlight, – to the grittier pop-rock feel of “Taking A Drive” with utter ease. As he does from the strumming rhythms of “Chasing Girls” to the finger-picking hooks of “Novocaine Dreams,” while still having the courage to slot in two cover versions like “Replay” and “Myopia” along the way.
“The Calm That Never Came,” is a courageous acoustic-rock début, from a creative artist who has a head-full of music and a heart-full of words to give the world.
…and The Mighty Pirate has only just begun!
About The Mighty Pirate
“The Mighty Pirate” is some guy that does stuff.. If only it were that simple.
More specifically it is a trading name, A studio, A band. The solo artistic endeavors from Shannon Ginbey, sumed up with a completely irrelevant tittle. Hailing from the assorted desolate regions all over the vast West Australian Coast. A quest for shying away from his hometowns multimillion dollar mining industry and pursuing a different means of living was embedded early on.
Still in the early beginnings of his musical pursuits TMP has maintained a solid full steam ahead pace. Having independently released his own EP The Calm That Never Came in the Autumn of 2012. All songs were originally structured with a Maton Acoustic backbone and various other instruments were layered accordingly over the full body skeleton. The EP was predominantly produced by Oracle Sound with the exception of the Bonus Tracks of a slightly more darker mechanical nature that were produced by Ampersonic Studios.