Allan Rayman

Enigmatic indie R&B singer Allan Rayman has managed to keep a shadowy profile during his brief music career. After casually dropping a strangely alluring self-released LP called Hotel Allan in 2015, the Lost Springs, Wyoming native racked up an impressive amount of plays, thanks largely to word of mouth and a series of mysterious videos that play like short films. Based out of Toronto, Rayman maintained his cryptic presence on-stage as well, singing soulfully to either pre-recorded tracks or minimal instrumentation, then sitting at a small on-stage table sipping a drink between songs while eerie pre-recorded messages play over the P.A. In spite of his low profile, Rayman built a loyal following who eagerly received his second missive, Roadhouse 01, a similarly strange mix of R&B, soul, hip-hop, and folk that chronicles an alter ego called Mr. Roadhouse. It was released in early 2017 on Mumford & Sons member Ben Lovett's Communion Records. In 2018, he picked up a Juno Award nomination for Breakthrough Artist of the Year. A full-length, Harry Hard-On, appeared later that year followed in 2019 by the single "Stitch." ~ Timothy Monger

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