Australian Folk Legend in the Making. - Michael Dunstan: Becoming Nobody
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posted 30 Jul 2022 by Krister Axel
Delivers a gentle nylon acoustic sound accompanied by a timely message about the importance of both humility and self-acceptance.

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We've written about Michael Dunstan before (here and here)—his soothing and spiritual brand of folk pop has made him one of Australia's most exciting musical exports in recent years. Latest single "Becoming Nobody" delivers a gentle nylon acoustic sound, accompanied by a timely message about the importance of both humility and self-acceptance. Here, his pensive style of writing captures a moment of catharsis about the endless cycle of an external search for personal worth.

When we realize our insignificance, we become significant. No longer thinking for one's self, we think for one, for one another. — Michael Dunstan

At 24 years of age, this Western Australian has ventured far from his Central Wheatbelt hometown of Northam, extensively touring Australia four times and New Zealand twice in the last 18 months. With his intricate signature on acoustic guitar and warm, earthy vocal tone, he quickly inhabits the voice of reason that speaks to us in our quiet moments. As "Becoming Nobody" continues to build, this Buddhist-inspired lesson of relinquishing all fealty to the ego is as timely as ever. It is never too late to tap into the power of unity by "becoming nobody" and returning to the fold of humanity itself.

Michael Dunstan continues to impress us with his unique combination of poetic lyricism and compelling, jazz-inspired songwriting. His musical aesthetic reminds us of a young Paul Simon, crossed with the acoustic mastery of Nick Drake.

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Krister Bjornson Axel

Ogdensburg, New York

Paris, France. Madison, Wisconsin. Los Angeles. Ashland, Oregon. Ottawa. I write music, I write about music, and I write code. See also: photography, prose, podcasting. I have 1 gorgeous wife, 2 amazing kids, and many interests.


Recent Awards: 2020 ND (Photo) Honorable Mention, 2020 Accenti Writing Contest Finalist