By Rylie Trott
- Following the release of his debut EP ‘Did You Hear the Rain?’ in November of last year, which hit the top ten on UK iTunes, Folk and Blues singer songwriter George Ezra has taken 2014 by storm. First appearing at festivals from the City Sound Project in Canterbury and supporting one of the biggest names in British music of 2013, Tom Odell, the 21-year-old from Hertford has gone on to release his debut album ‘Wanted on Voyage’, which was preceded by the release of the single ‘Budapest’ on 15th June. Since the release of the album, Ezra has been seen performing at T in the Park and even on the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury – arguably one of the summer’s most notorious music festivals.
‘Wanted on Voyage’ is comprised of twelve tracks ranging from catchy, upbeat songs to more melodious tunes. In the same style as Budapest, several of the track listings such as Cassy O', Blame it on me and Leaving it up to you feature refrains that you will find yourself singing for the rest of the day. Ezra experiments with different styles across tracks, exhibiting a strong selection of guitar-based songs yet throwing in surprise numbers that expose his versatility and pure talent as a singer, especially with the strong one-minute acapella introduction to the debut EP released in October last year, Did you hear the rain?: an addition that is unique to the album. As well as experimenting with tempos across the album, Ezra experiments with genres in Drawing Board, mixing his acoustic style with the dance genre but instead substituting the iconic electric bass line for a melodious guitar riff. With each song offering a different story told by the same gravelly voice and guitar but in completely unique ways, Ezra has proved music giants BBC, Vevo and MTV by putting him on their lists of artists to look out for in 2014.
Ezra will perform songs from ‘Wanted on Voyage’ at nine sold out shows over the UK and Ireland in October. If you would like to hear more from George Ezra, purchase the deluxe version of ‘Wanted on Voyage’ to receive four bonus tracks.