Rhythm and Views: George Ezra- Cassy O’

I don’t want to jinx it, but I think summer’s coming. I’m actually writing this sat outside (as far outside as my wifi allows) with the sun beating down and it’s awesome. So  with this unseasonably beautiful weather, we of course need some perfect summer music to accompany it, which this week comes in the form of the bluesy tones of twenty-year-old, Bristol-based George Ezra.

IMG_1773dFor those of you that read my blog post on Monday, you’ll know that I was lucky enough to see George twice in the last week at Record Store Day events. I also met him at the first one, and he was genuinely one of the loveliest and funniest singers I’ve met- it’s lovely to see artists that are actually still down-to-earth and up for actual conversations with those who come to see them. George mainly performed songs from his second EP, Cassy O’ which was released last month, and so I thought that’s what I would talk about today.

IMG_1836There are four tracks on the EP, the first of which being the title track and definitely the most upbeat of them all. It’s unusual though, really unusual. Its lyrics are far-fetched and humorous yet somehow he manages to make it into an incredibly catchy summery song that I know I will have on repeat.

Next is ‘Get Lonely With Me’ which is probably my favourite track off the EP, with plenty of opportunities to show off those incredible gravelly tones of his voice that you only really get to truly experience when you see him live. Especially in such a small place as the Friska Cafe, with the speakers turned right up- the only way to describe his voice is truly penetrating, and pretty mind-blowing.

The third track, ‘Over The Creek’ is another catchy tune that is somehow upbeat yet chilled at the same time, and really just reminds me of summer. The EP ends with ‘Coat of Armour’, certainly the most melancholic with an intro that’s reminiscent of M83 and a sing-songy style which brings lyrics that are surprisingly woeful after the eccentricity of those of the previous tracks.

So I think it’s pretty clear that I’m a big fan of this EP, and I’m really excited to see more from him- I’m especially intrigued to see what his debut album will be like. If I had to sum up his sound in a sentence it would be this: beautifully energetic, kookily clever, unreasonably catchy and oh so very ‘BBC Introducing’.

Advertisements

Record Store Day 2014

First off I just wanted to say I hope everyone had a lovely Easter and everything, I would have uploaded this last night but for some reason I hadn’t considered the possibility that my grandparents wouldn’t have wifi… so that’s my excuse.

What I really wanted to talk about today though is Record Store Day, which as I’m sure many of you know, was on Saturday. For those that don’t know, RSD is a national day where music lovers join together to support the few remaining independent record shops, with live music and special releases from artists who actually care about the cause. It’s a really lovely thing to be a part of as it’s all focused on retaining the dying industry that is vinyl, rather than just being about making money and that’s rather refreshing to see.

IMG_1773dMy RSD actually started on Thursday, when my local record shop (Sound Knowledge in Marlborough) had George Ezra doing an in-store performance and signing so I luckily got to meet him as well as him signing my EP which was pretty cool. I am so lucky that even though I live pretty much in the middle of nowhere, I happen to have an amazing record shop in my nearest town that regularly gets artists in for free in-stores and signing- past events include the likes of Tom Odell, McFly, Scouting For Girls and Spector. This is definitely a part of the reason I think RSD is such an important cause, I couldn’t bare to see my local store go and it would be such a shame to lose records all together, because let’s face it.. everything sounds a hundred times better on vinyl.

On the Saturday itself, I went to Bristol to possibly my favourite record shop- Rise. I met with friends that I made when I was in the Dog Is Dead music video over a year ago, who I annoyingly hardly ever see thanks to the fact we don’t exactly live nearby, ranging from Devon to Cardiff to Leeds! It was lovely to see them again for the day though and watch some great music in Rise from the likes of the ever-hilarious Beans on Toast who I’ve managed to see four times now without ever specifically getting tickets to see him!

rsd purcahasesOf course, we also had a mosey round the RSD releases, although by the time that we got there at about 11 a lot of them had sold out already (the fact that the releases are so limited is one of the things that makes them so special and people queue from about 7am to get in!). I did manage to pick up a 12″ Haim special release of the ‘Forever’ single, which I was pretty chuffed with. I also bought the Mumford & Sons ‘Sigh No More’ LP which I’ve wanted for absolutely ages and couldn’t resist purchasing. After looking round some of the shops on Park Street, which are some of my favourites in Bristol, we wandered back up to Rise to catch George Ezra’s set, which was fantastic even though I felt like a bit of a stalker seeing him twice in three days!

Picture2I had a wonderful day, and I just felt so glad that so many people care about music and keeping vinyl alive that they go to these measures to ensure it doesn’t die under the domination of downloads. Maybe it’s just because my parents own so many records and hardly listen to anything else, but I really don’t think there’s any comparison to the sound they create. They’re so much more satisfying than just pressing a play button, and if we’re going to be superficial- they’re a hell of a lot prettier.