Andrew Farstar (formerly Andrew V John) is a singer and songwriter from Australia. A former church musician, whose music has received rave reviews form magazines and blogs worldwide, Farstar’s music videos have also amassed tons of views on YouTube as well as receiving airplay on radio stations in Europe and North America. As a legally blind person, who plays the keyboards by ear, Farster released 3 Ep’s and 2 singles during 2016, and has recently dropped his self-titled album, “Andrew Farstar (Special Edition)”. Farstar’s music crosses various genres, but his general style sticks between the adult orientated, contemporary Pop boundaries, to which he sometimes adds, re-imagined classic music arrangements.
I have just taken a listen to the single, “I Will Always Love You”, taken from the aforementioned self-titled album, and I can’t say that I’ve ever before heard anything as casual, engaging and relaxing in the indie underground. Andrew Farstar is a wonderful wordsmith and delivers his music with unfailing grace and style at all times.
His sensitivity, care, and love of the music is easily evident and hugely enjoyable. One can’t help but sit back and ease into the melody. This particular song brings a sense of peace to everyone who enjoys music and enjoys chilling. This is simply perfect for a warm, breezy summer’s day lying in your hammock drinking tea, and reminiscing about the one you love.
Farstar is an incredibly talented lyricist — clever, eloquent, delightfully sophisticated, and frequently profoundly insightful. He could write down the phone book and make it sound interesting and charming. The musical arrangements on the album are sweetly pleasant and make for easy listening.
“I Will Always Love You” reeks of a Brazilian influence not unlike the bossa nova infused Carlos Jobim compositions – musically unique, original and richly rhythmic and melodic – and lyrically a feast of emotion, with touches of joy and pure humanity.
“I Will Always Love You” stands proudly among all of the songs on the album – it is wonderful to appreciate its subtleties and nuances more and more on repeated playing. This is the kind of music that makes one unwind, as the blood pressure comes down, the shoulders relax, and the stress melts away with each note.
Andrew Farstar displays his talent as a master storyteller with his music, transporting the listener to faraway places with his silky smooth voice and luscious musical arrangements, which are a pure pleasure to the ear (and the soul).