Shawn Hook was one of the artists with EMI who got absorbed into the Universal Music family. With the former label, the South Slocan BC native launched his debut, 2012 album Cosmonaut and the Girl. Electropop singles “Every Red Light” and “So Close” made the Canadian Hot 100 and earned him a JUNO nomination. With Universal, he applied his talents into dance, pop, R&B, soul, funk, and electronica, making for a bigger, all-encompassing sound. “Million Ways” which he co-wrote with Grammy winning songwriter Victoria Horn, generated the buzz required for threshold surmounting momentum. It scaled up to #44 on the Hot 100. Followup single “Sound of Your Heart” did even better earning a placement at #23 helped mostly by sales (it got its foot into the iTunes Top 10).
The latter two songs join a batch of charmers on Shawn Hook’s sophomore album, Analog Love. Besides the flashy dance pop, he gives us an acoustic version of opener “In Over My Head” reminding us of his killer piano skills. You will hear a few EDM sparkles, especially in a remix of “Million Ways”. The album is a mini one – just seven original tracks, and it definitely whets our appetite for more music from Shawn Hook. At the present time, Analog Love easily stands as pop album of the year; don’t pass this one by! iTunes