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Late last year, singer-songwriter Chris Moreno released Into The Sun, one of the more complete albums to come out of Boston in a hot minute. Recorded by David Minehan, it’s a record that has a pretty varied appeal; while it’s easy to peg Moreno as part of a new crop of Boston artists filling an increasingly-closing void in the local country scene, Into The Sun touches on myriad other styles and sounds, ranging from classic to modern, without ever shifting from its pop-rock fast lane. His sharp songwriting acumen is on full display over its nine tracks, and today, one of the deeper cuts from the album, “Turn The Page,” gets shuffled in the promo deck with its own visual component.
Incidentally enough, “Turn The Page” is one of Moreno’s older songs, and the first he wrote for the new record. As the title suggests, it came at a time of transition for the songwriter. “I wrote it at a time when I was going through a breakup and it was the first song that I had written since becoming a solo artist that I was really proud of,” Moreno tells Vanyaland. “Writing that song reminded how cathartic songwriting could be, especially when writing about real life situations and once I wrote that one I knew this was something I was going to continue to do.”
The video, directed and filmed by Ken Schmidt, finds Moreno stepping out from behind his guitar to take on a more rock frontman persona, and we’re pretty into it. “I decided to ditch the guitar and just go all in on the performance, and looking back I’m glad I did because I think it really helped capture the energy of the song,” he adds.
Given what’s currently being played on mainstream FM radio, from the pop-rock stations to the ones embedded in that new-fangled twang, we still have no idea why Moreno hasn’t shown up on high-frequency playlists. In the meantime, here’s a chance to get in on the ground floor of an artist that oozes national potential, and catch him live when he plays the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston on June 9.