Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Robyn Sherwell - New Waves
If you like soulful, emotional pop music that’s underpinned by the characteristics of the classic singer-songwriter you’re probably going to love Robyn Sherwell. There’s been a lot of stuff like this around over the last few years of course; Jessie Ware was probably the first act to bring this type of music back to the popular coffee table, but we think there’s still room for some more, especially when they’re as good as Sherwell.
We talk of the coffee table, but it seems that Robyn, originally from Guernsey but now based in London, is actually a bigger tea drinker, which is fine with us because frankly this fits better than if we’d found out that she’s a vodka binge drinker – it just wouldn’t be right with her sparse chilled music. Take a listen to Love Somebody, the first track of Robyn’s we stumbled across. It keeps things simple – just a few light beats and gentle guitars keep everything blissed out, without it ever becoming boring, and allow her gorgeous creamy vocal to shine through. Then there’s her cover of Ben Howard’s The Fear, which ditches the picked rhythms of Howard’s guitars for a glockenspiel sound and replaces his nasal whine with something far more come-hither. It’s all seductively ear-catching, to the extent where we think it’s time to close the curtains and get immersed in her songs a bit more.
Robyn Sherwell - The Fear
Robyn Sherwell - Love Somebody (Video)