Since childhood, Sean Ashe has found himself immersed in the world of music. Growing up in a musical household, his father a guitarist, Sean naturally was attracted to both making music, and performing music. He started playing drums at the early age of 2, learning parts from classic rock music, and then moved onto piano at the age of 6. While never taking piano seriously, he still used it as a tool to write melodies and chord progressions, as well as learning songs from his favorite movies or video games.
Sean eventually found his niche as a guitarist at 13 years old. Initially drawing heavy influence from Classic Rock, Hard Rock, and Blues, Sean spent many focused hours every day, practicing and working towards being a better musician. Sean quickly found himself listening to, and absorbing, many styles of music, from Progressive Rock/Metal to Pop to Funk to Jazz. This music which pushed him to work even harder at honing his craft and eventually he was practicing 8 hours a day.
After several years, he utilized social media platforms such as Youtube and Facebook to spread his playing across the globe, as well as his original music and ideas. In September 2013, Sean released his first solo single "Luminescence". This song was written, recorded, mixed/mastered, and released within 7 days. After getting numerous requests for a full album, Sean set out to refine his voice on the instrument and develop his compositions. In May 2014, Sean decided to release yet another single, "Hemisphere”.
Spending the majority of 2014 and 2015 writing his debut album, 'Flux', which is released on January 12, 2016.
Artwork by Corey Hendrey
Tom Quayle on Flux
“Over Xmas I've been listening to Sean Ashe's debut album and I have to say it's made a real impression on me. Superb writing and ideas, great production and developing of a real unique voice on the instrument. I really recommend it and congratulate Sean on producing such superb material! You should definitely pre-order the album”
Having only just connected with Sean, I’ve found his periodic YouTube uploads to be pretty tasty so I very much looked forward to getting hold of the new album Flux.
Sean plays flawlessly and composes dramatic and soulful pieces of music. The album is exiting and fresh with plenty of instrumental guitar tricks and licks amalgamated into some very melodic and graceful vibes.
What stands out to me is the lyrical feel and sensitive touch that Seans playing oozes and the album as a whole has an incredible use of dynamics that brings seats listener onto a roller coaster of spine tingly, hair raising, emotionally charged music.
I won’t do a track by track breakdown, but I will say every track has elements of loud, soft, interesting harmony and melody, wonderful textures, interesting rhythmic variety, soft, hard, fast and slow then everything in between.
Sean leads you into a wonderland on every one of the 8 tracks and I would defiantly recommend this for both guitarist and ”normal” listeners alike as it will appeal to both.
The recording and production quality also really stood out to me, with clear crisps guitar notes and layers of warm instrumentation that do not cluster or clutter but all flows along the thread Sean is weaving out.
Ok enough of the poetic mumbo jumbo already, this is a really good album by a very talented guitarist/musician, so stop reading about it and go buy it.
Favourite track is 8 called Abandon , it near made me cry so I went out and kicked a small kitten to make up for the shame … why are you still reading this ? Go buy it
Sean Ashe - Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Programming, Engineer, Composer, Vocals on ‘Meteor Eyes’, Art Direction
Andreas Sjoen - Drums, Recording Engineer (drums), Drum Composition, Guest piano solo on “Imagine”
Denis Chang - Guest guitar solo on ‘Creature'
Vinny Svoboda - Upright bass on ’Creature’
Sheridan Elektra- Vocals on ‘Meteor Eyes’, Snaps on ‘Imagine'