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New Music: Rhodes
June 4, 2015
Close Your Eyes is the new single from British singer/songwriter Rhodes (first name David), ahead of the release of his debut album Wishes, set for release on the 4th of September to Rhodes Music/ Ministry of Sound. The soloist has a stripped back, organic feel to his material, making it sound largely unedited, and production seems minimal, yet at the same time his records contain dramatic soundscapes and powerful lyrics.
Heralding from Hitchin and growing up on a mixture of blues, Nirvana, Blur and Oasis, he began playing guitar from an early age. Later he upped sticks and moved to London and joined a band as their bassist, which formed the beginning of his songwriting skills. The upcoming LP is completely written by the man himself, and produced with the help of long time collaborator James Kenosha who has worked with the likes of Pulled Apart By Horses and Dry the River to name a few. This first track taken from it, with its pulsating rhythm and dominant lyrics, really demonstrates what a talented writer Rhodes is, as he expresses the vulnerability you have when taking a leap into the unknown beautifully, in a heartfelt, poetic nature. Although at first listen it sounds like a romanticized ballad between two assumed lovers, Rhodes says that it was actually penned about his fear of performing. The ambiguous nature behind the words shows there is depth to an already brilliant song.
Building on a phenomenal start to his fledgling career, he has already toured with the likes of London Grammar, Ben Howard and Sam Smith, as well as selling out his own tour dates. He recently featured in a session on Radio 1 with Huw Stevens, where he performed a gorgeously original rendition of the Taylor Swift track Blank Space, which if you haven’t seen already should definitely be checked out, as it really shows off this man’s vocal talent. Close Your Eyes is released on June 14th and is hopefully a great snapshot of what is to come.
Words by Lauren E. Hewitt