Despite being new to the Manchester music scene, Lewis Ross-Robson has already created waves after the release of his debut EP, I Bicker, I Mend – and it’s not hard to hear why.
Lyrically, the young musician is wise beyond his years, finding poetic and romantic ways to describe his coming of age. This is prominent in the EP’s opener Hurry Up Soldier, which relates the daunting experiences of a soldier to the trials and tribulations of being a teenager (we’ve all been there – I’m sure my parents would agree with that too).
Musically, we reckon if David Gray and Oasis had a lovechild, and that baby was raised by Stephen Fretwell, he would sound very much like Lewis Ross-Robson. Basically, he’s well worth a listen.
Using clever melody composition, Robson has managed to manufacture an intense sense of nostalgia, transporting us back to the late 90s/early 00s when we’d vibe out to the greats.
The York-born songwriter has managed to create a hypnotic, acoustic backdrop to let his powerful, gritty vocals take centre stage. The EP’s mellow second track Man on My Way for example, uses soft repetitive piano grace notes, over a rhythmic acoustic guitar, allowing for the gripping vocals to carry most of the melody – and it’s giving us Goosebumps.
In our opinion, Robson’s anthemic debut EP is an unequivocal success, and we’re sure his dedicated fan following will agree with us if his sold-out launch gig at Gulliver’s was anything to go by.
Listen to debut EP, I Bicker, I Mend here