A lovely little 5 track EP from the artist formerly known as Ruarri Joseph. Although edging for a slightly different sound it still has strong overtones of the typical Ruarri sound.
The Bandcamp page describes the music as “raw guitars, roomy drums, honky pianos and scuffed bluesy vocals cutting through the bullshit with wit and wisdom.”
I hope this is the beginning of a more extensive body of recordings, as I would like to fully understand where things are heading for this incredibly talented artist.
This is a personal EP and I’m sure there are rich and colourful stories behind each and every one of these carefully thought out tunes. All 5 tracks are very distinct and each in a different style; Tend To The Thorns is an indie rock number, Sinful Gladly is a bluesy number with epic slide guitar & harmonica moments and Señora is lilting gypsy ska tune – Yet it all fits together and makes sense as a coherent package. It’s testament to William as a skilled songwriter.
A native to Cornwall, I get the impression William is a bit of a hermit who only leaves his shell to ply his trade, but you know he will be soon be itching to get back in his shell where the fire is warm and the faces familiar.
‘Señora’ and ‘Just How High’ are the stand out tracks for me.
Oh, did I mention that the EP comes not only on CD but in a beautiful 10″ vinyl!!!