Landing somewhere between the soulful falsetto of Gallant and the swooning tones of Frank Ocean, R.LUM.R is a buried treasure that is just waiting to be discovered by the mainstream. His production is a mixture of clever electronic r’n’b and the often spooky manipulation of front man Reggie William’s Jr’s vocals.
The Seabright Arms was an unassuming setting for the dreamy atmosphere that R.LUM.R ushers in. GIGsoup caught up with Williams before the show and had the pleasure of meeting an artist who was humble and had a serious way around everyday poetry. Indeed, in his production, he sits at the forefront of each track, acting as a story teller. His live presence was one of complete involvement with his crowd, acting like a party host more than an singer song writer. His arm was bandaged up with clingfilm, with a freshly scratched tattoo underneath; a tribute to a free flowing and spontaneous mind.
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“It’s our first time here” William’s related to a small but completely absorbed crowd. His show saw him work all the way around his back catalogue, saving his best known single ‘Frustrated’ until the final curtain call. “Theres a couple in the room, who wanted me to play this song at their wedding” William’s related between songs. “I’m sorry I couldn’t do it, but here’s the song for you now.” As William’s and his band launched into ‘Be Honest’, he invited the newly married couple to recreate their final dance in the middle of the room. The bride was moved to understandable tears, and the room was filled with coos from the watching crowd. And that’s who William’s is as a live artist; completely engaged with his fans and a craftsman of his music.
As an unwitting tribute to Frank Ocean’s appearance at Lovebox Festival last weekend, Williams’ band departed towards the end of his set, and he launched into a solo guitar cover of the ever famous ‘Thinkin’ ‘Bout You’. His voice was pitch perfect; riding the waves of the tracks notoriously difficult vocal line with ease.
Reggie Williams is a artist who is enjoying the freedom of the open road at the moment. R.LUM.R’s journey through love, loss and learning was a movingly personal experience. It was a joy to see an artist as hands on and present in his music in such a intimate setting, with a crowd who clearly know a up and coming talent when they see it.