David Rhodes veers into emotionally epic territory on hit and miss EP
Hertfordshire newcomer David Rhodes seems to have all the BRIT-scooping authenticity that should see him lauded by plenty of grown up musical aficionados, and probably Jools Holland too. And to be fair the opening piano strokes of ‘Your Soul’ are briefly promising, niggling nerves that Thom Yorke used to when the insect-click tedium of his albums was at least interspersed with moments of sparse beauty. But with overblown yet still oddly cold swirls of Coldplay-ish echo on the aforementioned song, and early Elbow-esque drum patter on ‘Bloom’, things quickly get generically ‘emotional-epic’. Not quite, say, Bastille-level generically ‘emotional-epic’, but still a gentle reminder of how incredibly hard it is to truly scree the heartstrings.