Graham Isaacson is not your typical singer-songwriter. This Portland, Maine native conjures memories of a young Johnny Cash or Tom Waits, yet with a lyrical eloquence all his own. Poignant, honest and touching are words that might describe Isaacson's approach to songwriting and lyric crafting. With lines such as "In your endless eyes... A man can find his way", Isaacson offers delicate words that complement his gravelly delivery.
The Primer EP takes a contrarian approach to the polished, radio-ready sounds of most contemporary singer-songwriter records. The recordings that make up the EP were in fact made over the course of several years in a variety of environments including late night, whiskey-fueled jam sessions with friends such as Ray LaMontagne. Ray himself proclaims Isaacson's songwriting "is something pure and true. It explores the hopeful, dark and mystical way of love."
One thing is for sure, Graham Isaacson cannot be mistaken for any other artist. The timeless sounds of The Primer EP will no doubt appeal to fans of classic artists such as Leonard Cohen, but will invite a future generation of folk-lovers to discover what inspired the genre to begin with.