Toby may be familiar to some of our readers, due to his drumming displays for Bristol based Pompadour, who are a band we have been paying close attention to since their last EP. He has taken hold of his own musical journey with this side project during the Lockdown period, so it’s going to be very interesting to hear what Toby’s sound is as a solo artist. This EP has its DNA in a DIY recording style as Toby has taken to recording and mastering it from his own bedroom. He feels this gives the record a very personal feel and hopefully shows that anyone can release music without leaving your own home.
So let us get to the music, ‘You Still There’ has a calm and relaxing floating country feel to it, the guitar notes have a sweetness and provides a layer of soul throughout the track. But you can’t help but shout out for a tempo change or some lyrics to bring the track up from being good to the next level.
Then the contrast is provided by ‘Sometime’ a proper Britpop rock track which has been stripped back to its honest and raw roots, it is a track which would have the cigarette lighters going for the old fashion gig goers (and mobile phone lights for the younger ones). With the song being under three minutes this track is a shot to the arm and a standout for the EP as a whole!
‘Sentado al sol’ with vocals from Oona Cardew overlapping Toby, this has a feel of a Mediterranean passion spoken out loud to the world, such flair and style which is hard not to want to go back and listen to the track over and over again. At the very end the Mediterranean feel becomes real with the sound of the seaside washing over the track, but less than two minutes you find yourself calling out for a longer version of this track. and we can only cross our fingers that this may happen in the future.
The rockier tracks find their way on the EP by the way of ‘On The Town’ and ‘Light of my Life’, it brings Toby back to the genre we are used to seeing within, but ‘On The Town’ is the stronger of the two records with some power and strength. ‘Feels Like Heaven’ strangely has the most life and fun running through its veins, it is catchy with lots of tempo reaching out to you to join in the groove.
For a first solo EP, this is a massively interesting collection of songs, there is some gold coming to you in the form of ‘Sometime’ and ‘Sentado al sol’, but there are also tracks like ‘Light of my Life’ which may benefit being revisited within a studio setting.
Written by Kess Anthony