"The album has a simple, yet complex feel to it and though there seems to be no mainstream appeal to 'Western Sci-fi' the production and quality cannot be denied. An excellent album, that requires no concerted effort to listen to." - 7/10 Contact Music
Loner, AKA Geoff Smith, cites his earliest musical influences as Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen and Johnny Cash - solitary artists who reflect their own stories through lyrical story telling, artists that bring you into their own world – and their reflective style is evident in Western Sci-Fi. For Loner, his songs are a way to ‘bring other people into the places I see, the things I need to talk about’.
A classical pianist since the age of 8 and tutored in New Orleans piano techniques in his teens, piano understandably makes up the backbone of his work. Yet electronic interference, fuzzy glitches, Binatone samples and some sparkling production underpin the organic qualities of piano and acoustic guitar. This has earned Loner a sound of his own which gently glides beneath the rush of modern life.
In his earlier days Loner would work only in solitude, earning him the hermitic title. He has, however, collaborated with a heap of respected musicians and producers. Notably Tim Simenon, the hip hop/dance pioneer behind Bomb The Bass, and acclaimed songstress Dot Allison. The cinematic sound of Loner’s songs has led to soundtrack placements for Sex In The City, One Tree Hill and many more.