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Scraps EP – Tom McConnell

Combining blues music with folk elements, Tom McConnell offers his debut EP, featuring four phenomenal tracks. On ‘Scraps’, we see the first offering by this incredibly promising musician, who demonstrates a very interesting scope to his slant on various genres. The whole EP seems to be steeped in the blues genre, though McConnell seems to offer much more than just this bare genre, giving a very rich and enjoyable experience. ‘Scraps’ serves as the perfect introduction to McConnell’s music, where each of the four tracks all demonstrate something that is being offered by the musician. It’s a very enjoyable experience that certainly shows promise from McConnell.

Although ‘Scraps’ is a somewhat short EP experience, lasting just under twenty minutes, it manages to serve its purpose well of introducing us to McConnell’s music. Acoustic riffs are accompanied by various beats and other instrumentals that make up the very core of each track. It’s the vocals though by McConnell, where we see the talent come through. McConnell’s vocal style fits perfectely into the genre he’s chosen, sounding every bit as bluesy as the instrumental backing tracks. There’s also some wonderful techniques being used in the instrumentals, where complicated rhythms show some real talent. What’s nice as well is how McConnell chooses to close the album with a gentle acoustic track, showing that there’s no restriction to the style McConnell is using for his music. It’s a highly enjoyable EP, where the only weaknesses are in a few of the techniques used, where certain ideas don’t come across as well as McConnell might have hoped. In particular is in the album’s longest track ‘Flags’, where the song is punctuated by a deep and gravely vocal interlude. Although interesting, it does stand out in particular as it makes me wonder what purpose does it have on the track? There’s a lot of promise here, and although there’s a few kinks, the EP itself seems to suggest that it is something that can easily be ironed out.

Overall, ‘Scraps’ by Tom McConnell is perhaps one of the more perfect EPs to have come out in recent times. It manages to achieve everything an EP should do, and also leaves the listener simply wanting more to hear. Everything has been done well, wit McConnell not cutting corners in terms of production and song-writing. It’s a fine effort, and one that is both highly enjoyable and promising. Whether or not McConnell’s style will translate well into a full-album is anybody’s guess, though ‘Scraps’ seems to suggest that enough works in McConnell’s style to make sure that it would work. In any case, I certainly am awaiting a full-album release.

Album Rating:

  • ★★★★☆  4/5

Selected Songs:

  • Dead Man’s Shoes
  • Show You How
  • Flags
  • Old Edinburgh Town

Tom McConnell’s debut EP release ‘Scraps’ is out now and can be purchased at: http://tommcconnell.bandcamp.com/album/scraps

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Rudy Warman Demo – Rudy Warman

Self-expression is one of the main keys in the singer-songwriter format, for without it, you simply end up with an album of material that has no real means or direction. When singer-songwriters perform material that expresses themselves, it gives their music the appeal that makes it simply listenable. The demo by Rudy Warman, featuring 5 tracks, seems to communicate the ideas and feelings of himself, making it a great forerunner for what is inevitably more to come. Whilst there is an incredibly amateur sound to the material on the demo, it still expresses some nice ideas that will hopefully become the core of Rudy Warman’s debut release.

Rudy Warman’s demo tape serves the brilliant purpose of showing us what he has to offer the music scene, and the singer-songwriter genre. Rudy Warman’s demo opens up with gentle acoustic melodies accompanied by his own voice. Much of the demo follows in the same suit, and to some extent it isn’t very different from what we’d expect in the genre itself. However, Rudy Warman’s style makes the music itself very appealing. There’s some nice diversity in the tracks as well, as a few offer gentle and relaxing experience, and others offer a more built up and energetic experience. The demo is certainly limited by the fact that is simply a demo tape, meaning that everything is tinged in a lo-fi and amateur sound. The amateur sound does limit the capabilities of Rudy Warman’s expression on his demo tape, meaning Rudy Warman himself has to push his own talents as much as possible. The demo is certainly nice, if perhaps limited by the amateur sound. What is encouraging is that this particular area will instantly be improved once Rudy Warman gets around to producing his first debut release.

Rudy Warman is definitely on the right track. His demo tape is certainly above the average cut of singer-songwriter performances, and certainly demonstrates some nice talent at work. There’s some very charming and nice songs on the demo, making the whole demo tape a very nice experience. It certainly presents a taster of what the sound of Rudy Warman will be, and hopefully we’ll get to hear a much more fleshed out and versatile version. Right now, Warman simply needs to expand upon his sound and continue to be a hard-working musician. Hopefully we’ll get to hear a debut release from the musician, which will show us the true capabilities.

Album Rating:

  • ★★★☆☆  3/5

Selected Songs:

  • Lullaby
  • Heaven In Your Eyes

For more information on Rudy Warman, visit the website: http://www.rudywarman.co.uk/

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