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Surf, Travel, Music. Kevin Misajon''s debut album PICTURE is a snapshot into the world of this very talented young new artist. "Feel-good songs with some substance" Check it out.

12 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Acoustic, ROCK: Surf Rock

This is the Original Press Release for Kevin Misajon''s "PICTURE"...

It''s just a matter of time before people start eating this stuff up. Kevin Misajon''s debut album, "PICTURE", has something for everybody, and it''s worth listening to. Upon first listen, the likes of Jack Johnson and Ben Harper may come to mind, but just as quickly, Van Morrison and Bob Dylan came to mine. With a wide range of influences and versatility, this album displays a talent for songwriting as well as musicianship. You know those CDs that you can''t listen to all that much, because the songs all sound the same? This is not one of those CDs. Misajon is not one of those artists. It seems more like a mixed CD of your favorites than one artist''s project.

Think of the laid-back surf vibe, but then throw in an urban-motivated experience with socially-conscious principles. It''s refreshing to hear feel-good songs with some substance. While this album sounds like it could be a pop record with its catchy hooks, Misajon takes away the sugar-coating and makes the listener think. Instead of a prophetic, politically-charged bandwagon, he keeps it simple, clever, and fun. Indeed it seems to be a sign of the times. "Take what we have now and either preserve it or make it better, because nothing lasts forever." Misajon does just that.

Released under independent record label Maka Records, "PICTURE" comes across as raw music. There is little over-production, no hiding behind the canvas, and the format forces the display of vulnerability and sensitivity. It commands your respect as much as it does your attention. In this case, Misajon pulls it off. Ignoring perfection and following vibe, this record comes across just a bit different, and they seem to be onto something.

Originally from Long Beach, CA, Misajon pursued his music from the backyard parties he played in high school, into the music scene where he attended film school at UC Santa Barbara. What seemed to be the perfect setting for a singer-songwriter of his style, Misajon apparently began his songwriting not in the party scene of Isla Vista, but while traveling and living abroad in Southern Spain. His shows, and, therefore, his fan-base however were definitely based in the amalgam of surf, college parties, and bikini-clad women that consists of I.V. It seems almost that much more appropriate that his songs have meaning aside from their feeling – reason beyond the façade. Inspired by travel, rooted in surf, this kid has a voice – both figuratively and literally. That doesn''t go to say that this 23 year-old South Bay local is the next John Lennon, but that he is definitely doing his homework, and if anything has nothing but a few steps in front of him before he strikes the right chord.

- Swoop Magazine (January 2007)

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