Well it’s about bloody time. I’ve been following RHODES now since my 3rd year at university when I realised he was from Hitchin, the home town of one of my first ever girlfriend and took me back to those horrendously awkward moments in my childhood trying to convince girls my mile high forehead was actually a rare charm. Anyway, RHODES has finally released his first full length LP Wishes. Haven’t had a chance to review it yet so unfortunately my input is as useful as a tampon made of stinging nettles but if you need any indication of the quality that RHODES can provide then just listen to his track with Birdy Let It All Go which features on the debut album and stick around for an album review as soon as I can get the time.
Howdy. How’s it going? Ridiculous question really as this is a blog post and there’s no way you can respond and even if you did my email inbox would be full of details of what you did on a Friday. As lovely as that would be perhaps it would be better to ignore that question. I’m sharing Rhodes with you again, for what feels like the 11th time. Having seen him play back in October I’ve been well excited for the upcoming LP since he mentioned it between songs and dealing with a monumentally irritating drunk spectator. “Close Your Eyes” is the first track to drop from ahead of the new album and continues Rhodes’ tradition of epic sweeping soundscapes with pitch perfect vocals that carry you through the all-too-short track. Perfect for wetting the appetite ahead of the full LP release.
I’ve written plenty about Rhodes since I started this including seeing him play a set at King Tut’s, Glasgow, on Halloween. At the aforementioned show he promoted the fact that he was working on his first full length LP. On Boxing Day he dropped this track below as a perfect post Christmas treat which is available for free. Christmas used to be my favourite time of year but has slowly been usurped due to seemingly endless familial ennui. Rhodes drops in nicely for the new year and is wetting the appetite for an LP that you can use to fill out some mixtapes to the attractive boy/girl at the back of Science Class.
Or you could do things less creepy than I did at high school and just listen to it in your car.
RHODES are great. I remember hearing “Your Soul” on Soundcloud and shoving it on endless repeat (bit of a theme there) in the photo studios at university. The “Morning” EP was great and I’ve always felt that EP’s are an underrated format for music to be released. It’s like a light lunch. Small but delicious. Breathe is off the new EP “Home” and will be released on the 19th of September on his own “Rhodes Music” imprint so make sure to check it out. It’s ideal for the typical August rains we seem to be drowning in.
According to The 405 these are his upcoming tour dates:
Wed 17th LONDON, Koko (Supporting Hozier)
Thurs 18th PLYMOUTH, Pavillions (Supporting London Grammar)
Mon 20th LONDON, Oslo
Mon 27th MANCHESTER, Deaf Institute
Tue 28th NOTTINGHAM, Bodega
Thu 30th BIRMINGHAM, Hare & Hounds
Fri 31st GLASGOW, King Tuts
Sat 1st LEEDS, Brudenell Games Room
Sun 2nd BRIGHTON, Sticky Mikes
Wed 5th BRISTOL, Lantern