EP Review: Rob Godfrey – So Alive

So Alive - EP Artwork

Cambridge born Rob Godfrey is a 21-year-old Brighton-based singer-songwriter. His unique sound comes as an amalgamation of folk, jazz, soul and pop, combined with a slightly bitter and twisted outlook on life. He is heavily influenced by the likes of John Martyn, Nick Drake, Lianne La Havas and Allen Stone.

Recently featured on BBC Introducing, he is fast becoming a live favourite with his minimalistic and mesmerizing songs, as well as his unique off-beat covers. “Rob is a real talent, from the moment we first heard his track Cold Blooded Killer we were left in awe… Definitely one to watch” – Tom Simkins, BBC Introducing.

To quote Rob, “My songs would be best described as dark love songs. Most of my songs are truthfully cynical and bitter reflections on previous relationships. I’m inspired by folk musicians, especially my hero John Martyn.
Watch Rob cover John Martyn’s May You Never:
At 6 tracks long, the EP is good value. Opening track Quarterman has hints of George Ezra’s Budapest in the guitar line. Baby Not Now shows the jazz element strongly and has a growly touch on the vocal. Must Be A Different World shows some fancy finger work on the guitar as Rob ponders, “Life gets better than fish and chips and your television’s latest quips that keep you gripped and keep you paranoid.”  It’s a melodic collection of songs, which shows Rob’s promise as a singer songwriter.
The EP is due for release on 26th February.

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