Review #86: Saint Raymond – Young Blood

Artist – Saint Raymond
Album – Young Blood (2015)

Check it out – https://open.spotify.com/album/231ol3hnpG5hjEHJJsDEcu

Saint Raymond (Callum Burrows) is an indie rock artist from Nottingham, UK. As a local to Nottingham it is very exciting to see the music scene grow so rapidly. Along with Indiana, Jake Bugg, Dog is Dead and Sleaford Mods, Saint Raymond has developed a name for himself not just as a local artist but taking the entire UK by storm. Burrows gained an initial push through the support of BBC introducing, including spots at Reading+Leeds, but is really hitting the big leagues, gaining a support slot for Ed Sheeran’s latest tour and main stage places on the UK largests festivals. Here is Saint Raymonds Debut Album ‘Young Blood’.

‘Young Blood’ brings about a range of previous singles/e.p hits we’ve already come to enjoy from Saint Raymond, such as ‘I Want You’ (a personal favourite) and ‘Fall At Your Feet’, but also introduces new catchy material in the same vein as his previous songs. As mentioned, Burrows music seems to be very catchy, without drifting too far into the who pop side of things, rather taking on a sound similar with bands like Peace and Two Door Cinema Club. This sound, as with the two aforementioned bands, comes from the high pitched fun to play guitar melodies which are included in almost all songs and the inclusion of a bouncing rhythm in percussion and the vocals. Lyrical content tends to be exclusively about love and loss. It would have been nice to have some diversity in topic, but from the artists Saint Raymond is associated and tours with I wasn’t really expecting a protest album. The lyrics are well written and if these are the stories that he wants to tell … then fair enough. As mentioned my personal favourite (and the favourite of many others) is the hit ‘I Want You’ for its guitar melodies and mostly because its the one i’ve gotten used to and listened to most before the albums release.

Young Blood is a great indie rock album, well written lyrically and instrumentally (especially the guitars). It doesn’t push any barriers, but has a summer vibe that can be enjoyed by all … plus i will always promote artists that are progressing the local music scene.

7/10

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