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Visit Official Site: Raygun Carver is the music of Pacific NW artist Michael Soiseth. The name ‘Raygun Carver’ is a play on that of the late local author Raymond Carver who is buried in Michaels home town of Port Angeles, WA. As the artist/band Raygun Carver, his music has been aptly described as ‘Urban Americana Noir’ by Queen City Sounds and Art out of Denver, Co, incorporating elements of Americana, Brit Pop and Folk.
The son of a jazz musician/published composer/music teacher, Michael spent his formative years playing up and down the pacific coast as a bass player in an assortment of NW bands, several of which received extensive airplay in the region. As he grew as a performer, he also began to devote more time to writing his own music and soon released several records as ‘Sutrobath’ along with co-partner Robert Wollam. The duo received much critical acclaim for their releases ‘Spirit of the Audio’ and sophomore effort ‘Aquatica’ before disbanding after their last two EP’s REPTILE and COYOTE.
Michael devoted the next few years to the sport of freediving, gliding down into the dark, cold waters of the Pacific Northwest and into the soundless, weightless void where he found solace and release from his years as a struggling artist. After seven years submerged into this watery bliss one day he found himself alone in an empty room that had an old, beat up acoustic guitar. Picking it up he began to strum… Soon songs ‘poured out like water’ and Raygun Carver was born, resulting in the 2020 release MOON FIELDS YAWNING, the music of which echoes strains of such diverse artists as Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen, and Jeff Tweedy.
Currently Raygun Carver consists of Brennan Van Blair on standup bass, Joe Vogel on drums, Enoch Bowlby on lead guitar and songwriter Michael Soiseth on vocals, acoustic guitar and harmonica. Come along for the ride with Raygun Carver. You may find ‘All the Sound you’ve been Missing.’
Press: “He sings about life’s struggles and speaks the truth about emotions that every human being experiences at least once in their life.” (Rock The Pigeon).
“… a wistful manifestation of a tried and true form of traditional folk art.” (Santa Rosa Records).
“… has easily created a niche for unique and novel music…his artistic fuel puts him in gear to deliver some high concept music.” (Gas Mask Magazine).
“… sounds like a Night in the Desert.” (Salute Magazine).
Read what Asher Garcia has to say about the single “Jesus He’s Right” in Gas Mask Magazine here.
Read what Salute Magazine has to say about the single “Would I Lie To You?” here.
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