John Dorsch’s “Elevation” Album 

master mentalism tricks

I dove into John Dorsch’s Elevation wholly unfamiliar with the Canadian musician/songwriter/vocalist’s work. Dorsch spent his first several decades in music playing with a variety of regional acts and focusing on electric guitar with assorted acoustic guitar playing tossed in for good measure. It wasn’t until late in his journey that Dorsch’s playing took a turn and he began learning fingerstyle guitar. He further shifted his focus, moving away from his customary role as a sideman, and formed a duo with his wife Dani on percussion playing a mix of rock, folk, and pop originals. This diversification of his art has been a boon for Dorsch and it pays handsome artistic dividends from the beginning of Elevation through its conclusion.

I admire the chutzpah it takes to lead off a release such as this with an instrumental. Picking the title track for that honor is another bold move. “Elevation” introduces newcomers to Dorsch’s musical art with an uplifting and melodically first-class instrumental that spotlights his playing skills but, even more so, his sure compositional sense. The second track “Dragonfly” widened the scope of his talents for me as both his musical and lyrical acumen shine bright. It has a feather-light touch without ever seeming too slick or sweet.

“Nothing to Lose” has simmering energy despite its acoustic bent and a consistent pace that has listeners rolling right along with it from the start. The vocal melody fuses with the arrangement quite well and the production maintains an even keel between Dorsch’s voice and the instrumentation.


No one element dominates at the expense of the other. “You Are the One” is a much more plain-spoken love song than other tracks cut from the same cloth on this release. The affection of its lyrics, however, never sounds trite or succumbs to an overabundance of clichéd sentimentality.

He conjures much of the same energy for “Compromises” that I hear in the aforementioned “Nothing to Lose”. It has a brighter melodic bounce, however, and a clearer sense of dynamic contrast that holds the listener’s attention tighter than its earlier counterpart. It strikes an interesting contrast with the next song “Save Just One More Life”. This is a deliberate and glass-like delicate track that practically wafts around you, never pressing on listeners, but nonetheless leaving a mark. It radiates a profound humanity that will make it a favorite for many.

“Faith in Me” revisits his sharp sense of dynamism. It shares much of the same structural principles underlying the earlier “Compromises”, albeit with more “teeth”. Dorsch shades the later songs on Elevation with a stronger rock vibe than earlier tracks, thanks to the added electric guitar, and the moody arrangement of this particular track stands out. “Patience” shares the same predilection toward electric guitar, but couples it with a folkie vibe underneath the electrified bluster. “Down at the Lake”, the album’s closer, is easily the most dramatic invocation of electric guitar on the album and the ragged glory of this track brings Elevation to an end on a rugged yet well-played note. Seek this release out today because, I believe, it’s one of the year’s most interesting releases and holds up under repeated listens. 

Timothy Ball

trick photography
16 Celeb Facts That Sound Fake But Are Actually 100%
Seahawks Quarterback Drew Lock, Wife Natalie’s Relationship Timeline
Kris Jenner’s Boyfriend DRAGGED For Lurking Around Taylor Swift &
Travis Kelce ‘Heartbroken’ About KC Parade Shooting Despite Partying –
‘Parallel’ Exclusive Interview: Aldis Hodge
Disney Plus Schedule February 19-25 2024: New TV Shows &
Paramount Plus Schedule February 19-25 2024: New TV Shows &
HBO Max Schedule February 19-25 2024: New TV Shows &
OA’s Getting Romantic & Heroic in ‘FBI’ Season 6
Dennis Quaid to Star as Infamous Serial Killer in Paramount+
Mayfair Witches Season 2: Release Date, Cast, Trailer & Everything
The Night Agent Casts The Vampire Diaries Fan Favorite
35 Years Ago: Metallica Unleash ‘…And Justice for All’
The Rolling Stones Confirm Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder,
23 Years Ago: Rage Against the Machine Bassist Protests Limp
Noel Gallagher Given Six Month Driving Ban Despite Not Having
Gisele Bündchen Stuns in This Balmain Dress + More Fashion
Micro Minis and Mega Heels: Margot’s Barbie Press Tour Looks
Best Skincare Devices 2023: DIY Skin Tech is Taking Over
These 19 French Women Always Have the Chicest Hairstyles
Spooky Vibes Ahead! Dive into Huluween & Disney+ Hallowstream’s Full
‘Hell House LLC Origins’ Trailer Showcases An Original Story Within
Writer and Producer Rodney Barnes Shares His Experience Working On
Fear Itself [SERIE]
May 2024 Most Anticipated New Book Releases
This Fantastical Journey Through the Cosmos Explores the Enduring Power
West Virginia House Passes Bill Allowing Prosecution of Librarians
Summary and Review: The Familiar by Leigh Bardugo