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Ahmond is a singer-songwriter and instrumental composer. He has just released a self-produced debut album called A Boy You Once Knew. It would be played alongside other urban folk contemporaries such as Sufjan Stevens, Patrick Wolf, Beirut, and Regina Spektor on Adult Alternative stations. The last track on the album “Collision,” can already be heard on the first season of the HBO series Rome.

On the album, and in live performances, you will hear Ahmond playing a variety of folk instruments such as mandolins and woodwinds, as well as heavier electric guitars. His vocal styles are reminiscent of Morrissey, Bowie, Kate Bush and perhaps Peter Gabriel. It has been said that when Ahmond sings it sounds like a dragon or a mountain singing. Violins, cellos, and percussion often accompany Ahmond’s haunting voice like on the epic track “Go to Africa,” which is getting Graceland comparisons.

The music is a balance of pop and edgy experimentation. Ahmond will go from crooning to screeching in one breath without the music ever feeling unapproachable. On the track “Everything Eden,” the beginning could almost be something off of a Shirley Collins record or any traditional Celtic record, but Ahmond is not content to stick to these conventions. By the end of the song you hear him belting primal wails similar to those of the BaAka people of the African forest.

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