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Single Review: Cally Rhodes

September 23, 2016

Music | by Elspeth Pierce


With the voice of an angel and the attitude of a rock chick, Cally Rhodes is an edgy, pop songstress with the world at her feet following her BBC Introducing accolade and track of the month on BBC Shropshire.

Harking from West Wales, her passion for singing and composition started from an early age. The songwriter formed a  keen ear for stripped back piano music and storytelling lyrics and it began blossoming at the age of ten thanks to influences such as Kate Bush. She followed this talent through her schooling before receiving a grant to attend the iconic Italia Conti stage school in London where her craft was honed.

EP The King, is her debut offering to the world and it is evident through the pared back sounds, created artfully and tastefully, that she has a skill that goes way beyond the manufactured pop genre.

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Before any production is added Cally composes all of her own material using piano and guitar. This gives the tones of her pieces a simple and elegant feel with a voice that is pure, lyrics that speak to the soul and an electro backdrop added in that instantly takes the songs from ballad to dance track.

Rhodes is set to release her new double a-side single The King c/w Young and Broken on October 28, taken from her new EP Hearts and Gasoline, both released via Rhode’s own label on iTunes.

The launch of her debut EP saw the four-track reach the Top 10 in the iTunes Singer Songwriter Chart, with lead track The King gaining radio play from forty BBC stations after being awarded Track of the Month by BBC Shropshire. The King was further championed by BBC Introducing resulting in the track also being played by Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1.

After taking influences from songwriter DJ’s Kygo and The Chainsmokers, Rhodes swiftly developed a mature mix of electronic beats entwined with delicately smooth piano. BBC Shropshire’s Sam Fleet called The King a “brilliant track” also adding that “it’s really atmospheric and well produced. It’s made a really big impact in the office.” Rhodes’ silky smooth vocal style, electronic leanings and bright storytelling lyrics make The King a perfect fit for fans of London Grammar, Christine and the Queens, Frances and Ellie Goulding. The debut EP Hearts and Gasoline is released on 28th October and features, The King, Young And Broken, Nice Guys and Hearts and Gasoline. Airplay support includes BBC Radio 1, BBC Introducing Shropshire and Mark Forrest BBC English Regions simulcast and playlisting on BBC Radio Shropshire.

Her rapidly expanding fan base (check out her youtube channel) has loyally coined themselves ‘Rhodies’, and the team at Candid are looking forward to getting on the ‘Rhode’ along with them for what we are sure will be an epic ride.

Listen to the EP The King here:

Words by Elspeth Pierce