Tense nervous headache? Tough day in the office? The kids are still up and it’s gone 20:30? I think i may have just the thing for you and for once it doesn’t come in a bottle. 25 year old Hertfordshire musician Rhodes is set to release his second EP ‘Home’ on October 19th and it’s soothing content is just the tonic for such day-to-day dramas.
While the tracks offer a sense of tranquility they also lend to a fairly sombre affair. There are no tracks here that demand slick dance floor moves or a jagger-esque stage swagger but clearly that’s not what ‘Rhodes’ is about. You’re instead presented with an EP that is well thought out and easy on the ear. ‘Breathe’ has been a darling of the airwaves for a few weeks now and continues to impress while title track ‘Home’ grows with each listen. There are similarities with artists such as Josh Record and Nick Mulvey (both of whom have released strong material this year) but this EP seems to be more approachable and crosses a multitude of genres.
The grey area, i suppose, is where this EP sits within the musical circus. Radio stations can be quite fickle beasts and whether the content of this EP sits on an XFM bar stool or in a Capital Radio snug remains to be seen. Rarely does a release sit comfortably in both.
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That aside, ‘Rhodes’ has already achieved much over the past 12 months. He has toured constantly in a support role with artists such as Sam Smith, London Grammar, Laura Marling and Rufus Wainwright. He’s even sold out three nights at the Sebright arms, which is no mean feat. However, this is still early days for artist and it will be interesting to see if his future up-beat releases match the quality of his ballads. The final track of the EP ‘Crash’ is certainly an encouraging sign.
The ‘Home EP’ is out on the 19th October 2014. The track-listing is as follows…
3.What If Love (Live Demo)
Rhodes will be touring the UK with his band in support of ‘Home’. The dates are as follows…
Mon 20th – LONDON, Oslo
Mon 27th – MANCHESTER, Deaf Institute
Tue 28th – NOTTINGHAM, Bodega
Thu 30th – BIRMINGHAM, Hare & Hounds
Fri 31st – GLASGOW, King Tuts
Sat 1st – LEEDS, Brudenell Games Room
Sun 2nd – BRIGHTON, Sticky Mikes
Wed 5th – BRISTOL, Lantern