Dennis Kobylinski and his melodic story of a restless, lonely soul, that only wishes to enjoy life here on this earth. Timeless folk filled melodies. On October 30, 2015, Kobylinski’s album “Happiness for Sale” was released.
An affinity for acoustic music has always been apparent. The acoustic pull drew him away from the riff heavy style of rock music, played by Kobylinksi with his band “Five Star Valley” and sent him a new musical direction. A new world, where the sung words has not yet lost its’ power and meaning. The outcome is the album “Happiness for Sale’” released in late October 2015.
The concept album, which carries the first installment of the story, tells of a young man, who takes to the road in order to find his fortune in the great beyond. The protagonist, troubled by doubt and unfortunate in love, is fleeing his soul sucking home. Head over heals he tumbles into a fickle adventure that completely takes control of the now and impending future. The obsessive thoughts of a past with no childhood, a chance meeting with a two faced character, who promises heaven on earth and a seemingly unimportant golden coin are the strange companions on his journey into nothingness.
11 original songs deeply rooted in the style of hand made folk music. Irish harmonies intertwine with Americana groove. Oriental rhythms appear as well as surprising funk passages. The wide variety of instruments - contra bass, drums, guitar along with violin, banjo, mandolin to accompany the two vocalist - allow for an absolutely individual sound that showcases the ability to interpret complex melodies.
Through his text, strongly influenced by Hermann Hesse, Dennis Kobylinski brings human nature to the forefront and with it a timeless and personal atmosphere. His music travels through all the emotions, from euphoria to melancholy - a world of extremes for the senses. Supported by poetic lyrics and emotional melodies, he encourages the listener to give in to impulse, to explore the world outside the daily ingrained routine and normality.
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