I generally have a thing for oxymoronic cases – in this case, George Ezra looking like 18 but sounding like he is a weathered 50 year old. Have yet to hear dude speak in an interview, but he sure sings deep, and I gather that it is all deftly applied technique to hit such low, throaty, rounded vocals. The sound is nothing particularly new in Indie Pop Folk, with artists tending to go real high or real low, but Ezra’s is certainly the most listenable low throated voice I have heard in a long time, as he tackles charming singer songwriter pieces on 2014 album Wanted On Voyage. The Englishman is a lifelong fan of American music, having grown up on Bob Dylan, and through Dylan, seeking out more rootsy music in the Blues of Lead Belly and Howlin’ Wolf. So there you have it – he is channeling the past where he can. English artists, I find, love American Soul, and are quite adept at mimicking it’s tone and cadences, to the point where you wouldn’t know they are UK natives. And the UK certainly was feeling Ezra, as this debut hit number one on their charts – propelling him to super stardom. Somehow, I missed this guy’s rise, and caught instead Ed Sheeran’s – who is a force in his own right, yet I found instantly while listening to this record for the first time that I like Ezra’s style and arrangements a lot more. No missteps really here, except some eye rolling moments when the folk gets to commercial or joyous, but for the most part these songs are all well thought out and most importantly, Ezra’s voice never falters for me – which is a rarity with regards to my general feelings about Indie Folk vocalization.
16 albums, 42 tracks
When English singer-songwriter George Ezra first hit the Indie Folk scene, I had some fairly mixed feelings on just how he fit into the overall picture of the music industry as a whole, simultaneously too late & too good for the market he’d tried entering at the time. While I love the goofy pronunciations & fantastic baritone timbre of songs like “Budapest,” it just felt like he was entering a saturated market that had no place for him, the Folk craze of 2009 to 2014 having pretty much faded out entirely by the time he even had a chance to make a name for himself – With Staying At Tamara’s though, George Ezra weasels his way back into he limelight with a groovier sound & a much more English aesthetic, though even that might not be enough to make him relevant again.
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- Apr 24, 2019The 1975, George Ezra And Macklemore Snag Prestigious Ivor Novello Award Nominations
- Mar 21, 2019Queen, Dua Lipa, George Ezra, Streaming Help British Music To $1.1 Billion Sales
- Feb 20, 2019Dua Lipa, Anne-Marie, George Ezra Battling For 2019 Brit Awards
- Feb 04, 2019George Ezra performs in Auckland: Will he write a song about NZ?
- Jan 11, 2019George Ezra Scores Another U.K. Top 10 Hit While Mark Ronson And Miley Cyrus Advance
- Jan 03, 2019How George Ezra Became The New Ed Sheeran -- And How Brexit Threatens Music Sales
- Dec 16, 2018George Ezra dresses as Gareth Southgate for SPOTY 2018 performance
- Nov 09, 2018George Ezra review – gauche but charming lyrics to take you away from it all
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