Sunday, 8 September 2013

RICHARD LOMAX - DEMO REVIEW

Richard Lomax - [mk i] demo (Dog Face Records) 
Richard Lomax = [mk i] demo

Come here. Come closer. I've got a little treat for you. This is something you won't find in your glossy magazines or advertisement smattered commercial websites. Mancunian singer-songwriter Richard Lomax has sent forth 3 tracks for our amusement and entertainment which are works in progress as he builds towards an album's worth of material on Dog Face Records. This is a new experience on me and it kind of feels like popping in to kitchen at a top restaurant to taste the sauce for you main course a few hours before it's ready. All a little bit out of the comfort zone but what are comfort zones for if not the getting out of?

The opening track, 'Glamour', is a gently picked and smoothly crooned number reminiscent of Badly Drawn Boy and I Am Kloot at their very best. Obvious comparisons, you may say, but the fact is that Lomax has matched their style and wit with a bare acoustic guitar and vocal recording so imagine what heights he could reach with a full band of musicians behind his songs. 'Windmills' leans a little more towards the Richard Hawley end of the spectrum but this is still firmly rooted in the Northern Singer Songwriter with a guitar and a dry sense of humour camp. Lomax has an uncanny ability to switch from the confessional, almost whispered lyric to the more bombastic, throat rasping rantings of a desperate man. Finally, we come to 'Wellness' which doesn't deviate in style necessarily but does take a turn for the more sombre and mournful. It's an unusual situation to be in, that of reviewing the unfinished product of somebody's creative labours. However, I can safely and confidently say that if this was the finished product then it would already be well above the quality of many Singer Songwriters out there. So, Lomax just has to retain the raw, unfiltered emotion that is presented with such wit and worldly wisdom whilst simultaneously giving the songs a little more power and depth in the right places. Easier said than done...



Live Dates:
12th September - Mad Ferret, Preston
14th September - The Square, St Anne's (12.00pm)
26th September - Artbeat @ The Amersham Arms, London
27th September - Frog & Fiddle, Cheltenham
28th September - Kingsdown Wine Vaults, Bristol
29th September - Free Love at The Sun, Birmingham
4th October - Mad Ferret, Preston
5th October - Black Lion, Manchester
11th October - Yorkshire House, Lancaster
12th October - Illustrate & Unplugged at Manchester Craft & Design Centre, Manchester

24th October - Mad Ferret, Preston

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