SoundBytes: Eddie Vedder Meets Jeff Buckley on Loeks’s “In This Place”

Released in late March, Canadian singer/songwriter Thorin Loek’s latest album, entitled In This Place, is a wonderful blend of the soulful elegance the like of the late great Jeff Buckley and the unique, powerful vocals of Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder. While stripped down and inwardly focused, the vocal comparison to the Vedder is palpable, with just a touch of his rasp and growl that is undeniably evident in Loek’s style. All of this said, the beautiful and soulful sound of Loeks’s latest album is certainly more akin to Buckley or similar contemporaries than the vast majority of Vedder’s output.

The lead single on the album shares a title with the album itself and is accompanied by a solid, straight forward music video.

As you can hear, Loeks is emotive and earnest – his voice soulful and singular. The video shows him doing something he loves more than almost anything in this world, connecting with nature. The Yukon territory native currently lives in Vancouver and spends his days immersed in both music and the land around him and beyond. Whether in canoe, on a bike, or hiking up a trail, he’s made his way through much of North America exploring the natural world with a guitar by his side at virtually all times.

the single and full album are available at Bandcamp and Spotify, as well as on his website. And, now that the pandemic is starting to quiet down, you can likely him in a forest, on a mountain, on a river, or on a stage near you!

Justin has been running websites since his first Geocities site in 1994, but only did he ever start covering anything of substance years later. After he stopped regularly running local concerts in Northern NJ and the greater Philly area, he knew he needed to step up his writing game if he expected to continue to get free music to listen to. He writes regularly here and at Cinapse, as well as contributing to a few other sites on occasion. He likes music, film, the Philadelphia Eagles, the 76ers, talking about Criminal Justice, reading Intelligence Report, and his family... not in that order. His beautiful wife is far more talented than he is and his kids far more adorable... and crazy.
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