Thursday, 8 August 2013

BILL RYDER-JONES : A Bad Wind Blows In My Heart



Mysterious and yet evocative, the sleeve of A Bad Wind Blows In My Heart sets the tone of a very personal record : lyrical, unadorned and profound with disarming, delicately husky vocals that make the listener feel like a companion in misfortune, a vocal diary of life’s open heart surgeries.
One could literally perceive that wind blowing behind Bill Ryder Jones’ piano and that dazzling sunset, how much more romantic could it get?


This album is pure folk, in the noblest sense, its production is minimal but tailor made, the sort of singer/songwriter effort whose authenticity is synonymous with distinction. This genre is an instant revelator insofar as it cannot lie and cover mediocrity.
Ryder Jones’ talent does not only reside in his subtle instrumentation and fine voice, his arrangements are spot on, making his collection of songs very refreshing, definitely not one that sounds like many other records.
Nevertheless, its stylistic effect may sometimes remind of Simon & Garfunkel or even of the late Elliott Smith as he is able, like the latter, to articulate complex emotions into simple phrases and make them relatable.
The Liverpool lad wears his heart on his sleeve and spills his melancholy as he drank the bitter cup, turning his sorrow into a bittersweet nectar one can relish in.  


The intimate character of A Bad Wind Blows In My Heart gives rise to a grower and a heartmelter for those who treasure soulful sadness as there is no such beauty as that which is found in melancholy.





A Bad Wind Blows In My Heart was released on Domino Records on April, 8th 2013.


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