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North & South by Ian Randall Thornton

Thornton’s debut full-length album, Lineage, carries the same essence of the EP, imbued with the raw simplicity of storytelling, along with the addition of new musical elements, instrumental complexity, and heightened production. It’s a stunning album about family and heritage, and the tension between honoring where and who you came from, while also sifting through the faults and weaknesses you have inherited. He has a masterful skill of posing simple questions within his music that draws you into the cinematic essence of his work. His weighty lyrical content juxtaposed with effortless musicality draws the listener in from the start, and never lets up. Lineage was a breakout project of sorts, garnering attention from major publications like Billboard, American Songwriter and Consequence of Sound, while landing his breakout single “Do You Rise” on Spotify’s coveted playlist, The Most Beautiful Songs In The World, which opened him up to an entire new audience overnight.