Review: RHODES – ‘Close Your Eyes’

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‘Close Your Eyes’ is the latest release from singer-songwriter RHODES, who hails from a small town in Hertfordshire and has previously supported the likes of George Ezra and Laura Marling. It follows the release of his Turning Back Around singles collection release in April this year.

The track slowly grows from the gentle caresses of RHODES’ vocals in lulling isolation with a piano to a soaring chorus with wider instrumentation. Listeners find themselves at the height of the track at around two minutes, which is where RHODES is at his best. Although his isolated and melodic verses work, ‘Close Your Eyes’ comes alive at the second chorus and the message of the song reverberates from all corners. What begins as a somewhat gloomy track about fears is gradually lifted, and there is something empowering, and reassuring, about the shared fear RHODES presents between himself and listeners.

‘Close Your Eyes’ presents listeners with carefully articulated vocals that evoke a personal message. Its strength arises when RHODES moves away from its isolated beginning and heightens his vocal power, fusing with the darker piano melody that underlies the track.

‘Close Your Eyes’ is out 14th June via Rhodes Music.

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