Review by Kenny Bieber

May 7, 2021

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Photo Credit: Marissa Fortugno

NYC-based singer-songwriter Max Viner has contributed an electrifying and soulful ALT-pop anthem in the form of “My Dear Friend” his latest single following up last year’s aptly titled “New Normal.” The track is anchored by glistening synth-pop production courtesy of Viner and guitarist Jon Rodney and recorded by Telegraph Hill Records, gains resonance through Viner’s understated yet soulful vocal performance. The track’s unique sonic elements combine aspects of soul, ALT-pop and indie rock and benefits greatly as well from its collaborations.

Local Asbury Park singer-songwriter Taylor Tote contributes a commanding and soulful vocal performance that adds depth to the track. Producer and guitarist Jon Rodney (formerly of Deal Casino) also adds to the proceedings with some energizing and vibrant guitar work that brings texture and grit to the song’s atmosphere. Lyrically as well, “My Dear Friend” manages to be an uplifting and soulful number with songwriting that’s confessional and intimate; the craft here indicates notable progression for Viner as an artist and performer.

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Overall “My Dear Friend” is a well-rounded and dynamic listen and an illustration of Max Viner and company's diverse and sophisticated talents. The track is now available on all streaming platforms and be sure to follow Max and his fellow collaborators on all streaming and social media platforms!

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Kenny Bieber is a local music journalist and photographer who also highly values a good pun, quality milkshake and swears he doesn’t have too many records. He’s generally just happy to be here.

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