RHODES - Wishes

When you hear that the man responsible for albums by fiddle rockers Dry The River and noise merchants Pulled Apart By Horses has co-produced RHODES debut you'd be forgiven for having certain preconceptions about what you'll hear. Lead singles ‘Close Your Eyes’ and the duet with Birdy show that Wishes takes a far more subtle path. Despite being comfortable with a guitar since youth it’s only in recent years that the artist known to his family as David has taken to using a microphone; which makes the tone of his voice and mastery of it all the more impressive.

It’s easy to understand why acts like London Grammar want the Hertfordshire born singer to open their shows; RHODES’ songs share a tone with that groups 2013 debut; the purity of sound and mind on ‘Better’, and a sense of serene elation on ‘Somebody’. Without the brazenly manipulative antics of the likes of Coldplay the 24 year old has almost perfected the art of building from low key simplicity to euphoric dance melodies in around four minutes. The simplicity of ‘Losing It’ demonstrates the triumph of the production here, it’s sparse but sounds fully three dimensional, while the Birdy duet ‘Let It All Go’ and the title track are populated with swelling sounds and emotive lyrics. RHODES delivers as rounded a debut as you could wish for.

Overall

A thoughtful, emotional and impressive debut.

8

out of 10

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